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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao orders probe into Dalit woman’s custodial death, dismiss guilty officials

 Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday directed DGP M Mahendar Reddy to conduct a fact-finding inquiry into the alleged custodial death of Dalit woman Mariyamma in Bhadradri Kothagudem district on June 18.

Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao orders probe into Dalit womans custodial death dismiss guilty officials-dnm
Hyderabad, First Published Jun 26, 2021, 10:16 AM IST
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Hyderabad: Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday ordered, after due inquiry, the dismissal of the police personnel responsible for the custodial death of 40-year old Dalit woman identified as Ambadipudi Mariyamma at Addaguduru police station in Yadadri Bhongir district on June 18.

The police inquiry should bring out the facts and the personnel responsible for the incident should be removed from service if need be, the Chief Minister said. He termed the death of Mariamma, a Dalit woman from Chintakakani of Madhira constituency in Khammam district, as highly painful and said the government would not tolerate such incidents.

He asked Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahender Reddy to personally inquire into the issue and take stringent action against the erring police officials – sub-inspector of police Mahesh and constables Raheed and Janaiah who are already under suspension. “After due inquiry, dismiss them from service as per the procedure,” KCR directed the DGP.

The DGP will now visit the victim’s place to conduct an inquiry.

The CM’s decision comes a day after the high court ordered a probe into the alleged lockup death of Mariyamma. In fact, the CM — for the first time in seven years — gave an appointment to a Congress delegation to meet him in Pragathi Bhavan and represent the matter to him.

He promised a government job to Mariyamma’s son Udaya Kiran along with Rs 15 lakh compensation, a house and Rs 10 lakh each to Mariyamma’s two daughters.

Mariyamma, who hailed from Chintakani village of Madhira block in Khammam district, was working as a domestic help at the residence of a church priest Father Balashouri at Govindapuram village of Addaguduru block in Yadadri Bhongir district.

On June 15, Balashouri lodged a complaint with the police alleging that Mariyamma had stolen ₹2 lakh from his house. The police arrested Mariyamma, her son and his friend Shiva from their village in Khammam on June 17 and she died in the police custody the following morning.

The custodial death of Mariyamma triggered an uproar in the state in the last one week with the Dalit organisations, civil liberties activists and the opposition parties raising hue and cry.

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