PEDDAPALLI: The suspicious death of Dalit youth, Manthani Madhukar (25), belonging to Kathalapur village in the district has created public outrage with leaders of Dalit associations terming it as a “honour killing” since the boy had a love affair with a girl belonging to upper caste.
With a video clip showing injuries on eyes and chest of Madhukar going viral on social media, local police, who had earlier termed the death as a case of a suicide, on Saturday said that a thorough investigation would be done to bring out facts.
Ramagundam ACP Apoorva Rao on Saturday visited the spot where his body was found with multiple injures near a canal on March 14. “We are waiting for postmortem report. If the report is not satisfactory a re-postmortem would be conducted by exhuming the body,” she said.
Earlier in the day, MRPS activists led by R Sagar Madiga continued their protest demanding a probe be ordered into the death of Madhukar. “Local CI and SI are trying to mislead the people by terming it as a suicide. Cases should be booked against the duo under SC and ST Atrocities Act,” Sagar demanded.
Madhukar of Kathalapur fell in love with a girl of Venkatapur and they decided to get married. But as they belonged to different castes, their parents rejected their proposal. Following this, they tried to commit suicide. However, both survived and the girl was recuperating at a hospital. However, two days later Madhukar was found dead on the village outskirts on March 14.
Madhukar’s parents approached the police, alleging that their son was killed by the girl’s family.