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Attack on Dalits: Abhangapatnam accused likely to surrender in court

As search operations by police intensified to trace the whereabouts of Dalit victims as well as the accused in the incident at Abhangapatnam of Naveepet mandal, it is suspected that there is a chance of the accused surrendering in court in the coming few days.

Published: 29th November 2017 02:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2017 07:43 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NIZAMABAD : As search operations by police intensified to trace the whereabouts of Dalit victims as well as the accused in the incident at Abhangapatnam of Naveepet mandal, it is suspected that there is a chance of the accused surrendering in court in the coming few days.Political parties are maintaining silence, and Dalit organisations have intensified their agitation for the arrest the accused and release of Dalit victims from his camp.Sand transporter B Bharath Reddy, a native of Abhangapatnam threatened two Dalits of the village in September and a video appeared on social media two weeks ago.

Considering Dalit organisations’ representation, police registered a case and started an investigation follwing which the victims and the accused disappeared from the village. Dalit organisations alleged that the victims were kidnapped by the accused. Police officials are also expressing similar doubts. According to police reports, the accused is regularly changing his sim cards and it has become difficult to trace his location through mobile signals. Police suspect that the accused and the victims are camping in a farmhouse in the suburbs of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad, Cybarabad and other districts police are busy in providing security to VVIPs in coming few days and it became difficult to Nizamabad police to utilise their counterparts’ help to arrest the accused and release the victims from the camp. Police came to know that the accused had filed a quash petition in High Court which will take some time to come for hearing. They suspect that he may surrender before the court along with the two victims in Hyderabad or Nizamabad. Senior Congress leader and former minister P Sudarshan Reddy visited the victims’ families and inquired the situation.

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M Bharat Reddy, reportedly a BJP member, in September humiliated two Dalit youths who had allegedly questioned him over illegal mining of gravel. A video of the incident went viral, landing him in trouble. Police registered a case against Reddy, but he went absconding. The two youths could not be traced either.

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