WARANGAL: The Human Rights Forum (HRF) leaders here on Saturday alleged that the police in the rural areas, especially in the agency areas, are torturing many innocent people suspecting them to be Maoist sympathisers.
The HRF leaders also alleged that particularly some newly recruited sub-inspectors with a view to impress the higher officials were resorting atrocities against the former militants and innocent tribal people in the name of Maoist links.
Speaking to reporters, HRF, Warangal district, General Secretary, Badavath Raju said that the Kothaguda police had taken five persons into custody and subjected them to cruelty for five days. He also alleged that torturing of innocent people had almost become a routine affair Eturunagaram, Narsampet, Pasra, Mangapet and Kothaguda police stations limits in the recent days.
"The police are torturing the innocent people basing on the false information they get. Despite having no links with the Maoist party, several people are becoming the victims of the police torture. The police had taken several persons into custody while the Maoists were conducting PLGA formation week celebrations," he alleged and demanded the police not to harass and torture the innocent people.
Two persons, who had been allegedly tortured by the Kothaguda police, have been produced before the media by the HRF leaders. J Sambaiah, one of the victims, from Komatlagudem village, said that he had been tortured by Kothaguda police.
Sambaiah, who is a former militant, said that the police following the orders of Sub-Inspector Harikrishna had tortured him for five days suspecting that he was still working for the Maoists and forced to him to confess a case of providing blankets to the Maoists.
"I fear that the police may eliminate me at any time" he added. Another victim V Papaiah also said that the police had kept him in their custody with Samabaiah for five days suspecting that he was with Maoist party.