A delegation of Dalit leaders has urged Prakasam district Collector G.S.R.K.R.Vijaykumar to ensure a free and fair probe into the alleged gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman in K.V. Palem village near Chimakurthi last week.

They tried to impress upon the Collector, who is also Chairman of the SC/ST Vigilance and Monitoring Committee, to ask the Superintendent of Police to handle the sensitive case personally and render justice to the victim’s family.

Briefing newsmen on Wednesday, Dalit Hakkula Parirakshana Samiti district president N. Nagendra Rao said the police should move the court seeking custodial interrogation of the seven persons arrested to unravel the conspiracy and book all the persons behind the attempts to set the woman’s body ablaze to suppress evidence.

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