Sunday, October 3, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalit man's custodial death leads to protests in Vizag

Dalit man's custodial death leads to protests in Vizag

TNN, Oct 3, 2010, 02.07am IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: A dalit man's custodial death led to strong protests
outside the Kancharapalem police station here on Saturday. While the
cops claimed that 30-year-old Nakka Suresh died of a heart attack in
King George Hospital (KGH) late on Friday night, his family members
alleged Suresh was beaten up black and blue by the cops, which
resulted in his death.

Suresh's father, Nakka Satyam, a retired head constable, alleged that
his son was taken into custody by the police on September 30 for
allegedly cheating unemployed youth by promising them jobs in the
revenue department.

A native of Achyutapuram village in the district, Suresh was
physically challenged. He posed as a special tehsiladar and allegedly
set up an office and plied five 'government' vehicles at Muralinagar
in the city. He allegedly collected Rs 80 lakh from the youth on the
promise of providing them jobs. As Suresh did not deliver the jobs,
some of the youth who had paid huge amounts to him, reported the
matter to the police. Police later took possession of his office and
seized all the vehicles, besides taking him into custody. They
reportedly recovered an amount of Rs 20 lakh and 15 tolas of gold.

Kancharapalem circle inspector Kinjarapu Prabhakar said the accused
reported pain around 10.30 pm while at the police station on Friday
night and was immediately shifted to KGH at 10.50 pm. He died at 11.15
pm while receiving treatment. Kancharapalem police said they informed
his family members about the death through Achyutapuram SI.

The matter came to light on Saturday morning. The victim's father
threatened to commit suicide outside the police station. Family
members and members of dalit organizations staged a demonstration in
front of the police station demanding the suspension of station CI
Kinjarapu Prabhakar, brother of former MP Kinjarapu Yerrannaidu and SI
Paidapu Naidu.

The dalith organizations charged that Suresh was taken into custody on
September 30 and that the police delayed showing his arrest. The body
was kept in the KGH mortuary for autopsy and the RDO was told to
submit a report on the cause of the death to the collector after which
a magisterial enquiry may be ordered and action initiated against the
cops, if found guilty.

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