Telangana minister KT Rama Rao consoles Nerella victims

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

On a day when the TPCC approached the NHRC and opposition mounting pressure from various quarters, IT minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday made a "quiet" visit to the hospital in Vemulawada where the victims of Nerella police torture were undergoing treatment.Rama Rao's visit to console the SC, ST and BC members from Nerella and two other villages came almost a month after the alleged torture of the eight villagers for allegedly setting ablaze sand lorries which are claiming lives of innocent people in Rajanna-Sircilla district. Victims showed their injuries to the minister with tears in eyes and told him about the torture and the harassment they had with the police officials.

They said the villagers were angry over the death of B. Bhudaiah of Nerella village of Thangallapalli mandal in Siricilla-Rajanna district, who was run over by a sand lorry.

The police picked up eight persons of which five belong to Scheduled Castes and three to OBC community from their houses in the middle of the night.

According to the Newspaper, He said the DIG investigating into the case would bring out the facts.The State government was very serious about the incident and would take immediate action against those involved in it, he said. "The victims were subjected to third-degree torture, were beaten up and given electric shock and sedatives for four days", they alleged. Speaking to the media later, KTR said the victims will get better health services. Petitioner G Lakshman, president of Civil Liberties Committee, wanted the police officers to be booked under SC/ST Act.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Meira Kumar also visited the villages of Nerella and Jillella and interacted with the family members of the victims.

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