NHRC tells DGP to launch probe into Nerella incident  

The NHRC issued the notices based on a complaint by a delegation of Congress leaders and also media reports over the allegations of illegal detention and torture of persons.

Published: 12th August 2017 08:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2017 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

Relative of one of the victim talks to the members of National SC, ST Commission at Nerella village in Rajanna-Sircilla district on Wednesday | Express photo

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to state Director General of Police Anurag Sharma to conduct a fair and transparent enquiry into the torture of eight persons belonging to SCs and BCs by Rajanna-Sircilla district police and submit a report within four weeks.
The NHRC issued the notices based on a complaint by a delegation of Congress leaders and also media reports over the allegations of illegal detention and torture of persons belonging to SC and other backward communities from Nerella village.

“The allegations raise a serious issue of human rights violation of the victims. The DGP has been directed to conduct a fair and independent enquiry in the matter and submit a report in four weeks,’’ NHRC notice said.The NHRC observed that the local police, allegedly, never acted on the complaints of villagers regarding innumerable deaths caused by the speeding sand-laden lorries of sand contractors. They are notorious for overloading lorries with sand and driving them at a high speed disregarding the safety and security of the villagers. 

After the July 2 incident where a sand lorry ran over a person belonging to Scheduled Tribe, two lorries were set ablaze by the angry villagers following which the police indiscriminately picked up at least eight persons and brutally tortured them for four days before producing them in front of the Judicial Magistrate on July 8 under serious offences. Welcoming the NHRC notices to the DGP, TPCC spokesperson Sravan Dasoju requested the DGP to conduct a fair probe into the incident and take action against the police officers responsible for the brutal torture, particularly the district SP.

BJP demands DIG enquiry report to be made public
Nerella Victim families alleged that government suspended CCS SI B Ravinder as an attempt to try to wash hands but until action is taken against Rajanna-Sircilla district SP Vishwajit Kampati, CIs and 18 constables who subjected the youngsters to severe third degree torture, their protest will continue. Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, Kola Devaiah, one of the family member of victims  alleged that police officials suspended SI Ravinder on the charges of lathi charges against villagers for setting fire sand laden lorries but surprisingly there was no lathi charge held on June 2. He suspected that the government is sidelining issue. Victims families hope that National SC, ST commission reports will help them attain justice. BJP state officials spokesperson Bandi Sanjay Kumar demanded DIG enquiry report to be made public. 

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