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Custodial torture: High Court notice to AP, Telangana police

The HC has issued notices to top police officials for allegedly detaining and ill-treating a retired officer in Anantapur.

Published: 15th June 2017 08:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2017 08:29 PM   |  A+A-

Custodial torture in AP?

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Reacting to the alleged excesses by the  Anantapur and Rachakonda police commissionerates, the High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the top police authorities of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, circle inspectors and station house officers of Anantapur and Rachakonda, asking them to respond to the horrible trauma of the family of a retired officer of Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Anantapur.

Reacting to a letter written by Pushpalatha Vittal of Anantapur, whose husband is now battling for life in a hospital, the bench of acting chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice T Rajani, issued the notices.
In the letter, Pushpalatha charged the Anantapur police with detaining her husband, ill-treating him and beating him for no fault of his.

It was also alleged that some officers of the Rachakonda police commissionerate in Hyderabad also played an undue role in the case. According to the letter, Pushpalatha’s son Sai and Soumya of Hyderabad fell in love with each other. Sai, a businessman, used to visit Hyderabad, became friends with Soumya and later fell in love with her. 

Some days back, Soumya went to Sai’s residence at Ganganagar in Anantapur and told his parents about their relationship. She threatened to commit suicide if they did not perform their marriage. The boy’s parents obliged and performed the marriage, and the couple was living in Anantapur.
However, the girl’s parents in Hyderabad lodged a missing complaint with the Ibrahimpatnam police in Rachakonda commissionerate. 

Police, on coming to know that the couple was living in Anantapur, influenced the police there. Meanwhile, nearly 20 members of the girl’s family and relatives went to Anantapur, forcibly entered Vittal’s house and manhandled Vittal and Pushpalatha. Simultaneously, they lodges a complaint in Anantapur against the boy’s parents.

Anantapur police took Vittal into custody, detained him in the station for an entire day and abused him. According to the letter, Vittal felt humiliated and swallowed a large quantity of sleeping pills to end his life. He was rushed to a hospital and is currently battling for his life. 

Pushpalatha then wrote a letter to the High Court, seeking action against the errant policemen. 

The High Court’s PIL Committee, which went through the letter, felt the need to make it a PIL and, accordingly, converted the letter into a PIL. 

In view of the FIRs related to love marriages, there were also demands for making some general guidelines to the police as to how they should deal with such cases. On Tuesday, the bench of acting chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan heard the case and gave two weeks’ time to the authorities to respond.

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