HYDERABAD: Expressing displeasure over lack of progress by Bhongir police in the missing case of a youngster, who married an upper caste girl, a vacation bench of Hyderabad High Court on Thursday directed Director General of Police to entrust the investigation into disappearance of 24-year-old Amboji Naresh since May 2 and the related suicide of Tummala Swathi, to an SP-rank officer.
Dealing with a habeas corpus petition by Naresh’s father A Venkataiah, the bench of Justice P Naveen Rao and Justice MSK Jaiswal also directed the police to trace the boy and produce him before the court on June 1. In case police were unable to trace him, they have to submit case investigation report to the court.
The petitioner, earlier sought the court’s intervention in securing the safety of his son, who went missing after he and his wife Swathi reached Bhongir on May 2. He told the court that his son went missing after Swathi’s father T Srinivas Reddy took her away from Naresh.
The court had directed the police to produce Swathi before it on May 18. When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, special counsel of Telangana S Sharat Kumar told the court that Swathi had committed suicide on May 16 and the post-mortem of the girl was videographed and they were ready to submit the post-mortem report before the court. The police were making all efforts totrace the boy, he added.
On the other hand, petitioner’s counsel NS Arjun Kumar expressed doubts over Swathi’s death. He sought CBI or SIT probe into the case saying that the marriage of Swathi and Naresh took place in Mumbai and that she had lodged a police complaint in Mumbai apprehending threat from her father.
During hearing, the bench asked why the girl was left alone by her father when she had attempted suicide once. It asked the special counsel why the police did not question the girl’s father regarding disappearance of Naresh or analysing the call data of the persons concerned. The special counsel replied that the case investigation was in progress and sought time to submit report before the court.
After hearing both the sides, the bench ordered that the case be entrusted to a SP-rank officer and posted the matter to June 1 for further hearing.
She committed suicide: DCP
Meanwhile, Rachakonda DCP Y Yadagiri said that the post-mortem report revealed that Swathi had hanged herself.
Speaking to media, he said that Swathi’s father Srinivas Reddy had lodged a complaint at Athmakur (M) police station alleging that Naresh and his parents had harassed Swathi for dowry. He said that special teams had been formed to trace Swathi’s missing husband Naresh.
About the case
Swathi, an upper caste girl, had secretly married her classmate Naresh, a BC, in Mumbai on March 25. With insistence of her father, the couple reached their native Bhongir on May 2 and the girl was forcibly taken away by her father and the boy went missing ever since. The boy’s father Venkataiah, lodged a complaint with Bhongir police but there was no proper response to it. Apprehending threat to his son’s life, Venkataiah, a native of Pallerla village, filed the petition before the court on May 15.