Civil society organisations allege role of ‘upper’ castes in the mysterious incident
Investigation into the death of a Dalit, M. Madhukar, in the Peddapally district of Telangana, allegedly involving the ‘upper’ castes of his village, took a crucial turn on Thursday.
The High Court in Hyderabad directed the authorities to conduct another post-mortem examination of his body.
Dalit organisations and people's associations have been agitating for a fortnight to seek justice for Madhukar’s family. They have alleged that the police are trying to protect the accused by registering a case of suspicious death.
The Manthani police of the newly formed Ramagundam police commissionerate, who had stuck to their stand that it was a case of suspicious death, could not explain how Police Inspector Prabhakar had concluded that it was suicide even before doctors confirmed the cause of death, they said.
The organisations have accused him of helping the culprits at the behest of Manthani’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA Putta Madhu who belongs to the ‘upper’ caste. Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal transferred the Inspector two days ago.
A resident of Khanapur village, Madhukar, a tractor driver, was reportedly in love with a woman of an ‘upper’ caste in Venkatapur, located 10 km away.
Madhukar left his house on the morning of March 13 and was found dead in the bushes the next day on the village outskirts. “There were injuries on his eyes and private parts. He was tortured to death by the woman’s family members who came to know of their love affair,” Madhukar's sibling M. Shekhar alleged.
Even as Madhukar’s family members alleged foul play, the police maintained that Madhukar committed suicide by consuming pesticide. Suspicions raised by the victim's family got support after some photos of his body with injuries surfaced on social media.