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VICTIM OF BRUTALITY?: Doctors at NIMS, Hyderabad, examining Kolli Ashok Kumar on Friday. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
VICTIM OF BRUTALITY?: Doctors at NIMS, Hyderabad, examining Kolli Ashok Kumar on Friday. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: A Special Grade Revenue Inspector working in the Secretariat on Friday created a flutter by seeking justice from the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC).

Accompanied by wife Satyamani and son Raviteja, Kolli Ashok Kumar was driven to the offices of the APSHRC where he met chairperson Justice B. Subhashan Reddy. He alleged that he was beaten up by police and some hired persons in Tiruvuru of Krishna district on January 22. He was brought to Gandhi Hospital the next day but unable to bear the persistence of his attackers, he decided to approach the commission for justice.

Mr. Justice Subhashan Reddy has asked the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences to admit him and extend medical help free of cost and sent a staff member, S. Rajagopal to accompany Mr. Kumar to the hospital. A copy of the commission's order stated that the complaint had been perused and that an examination of the victim had revealed that he had received a severe beating.

The victim's son and wife said that recently Mr. Kumar had bought 46 cents of land from his brother in Tiruvuru with a plan to give away a portion of it to the poor and construct a library on the other part. But a problem arose when a portion of this land was encroached by some people in the village. When he sought the help of the police, he was made to wait for several hours. The wait ended up in an argument with the Sub-Inspector of Police D. Sivasankar during the course of which Mr. Kumar rang up a senior police officer and even as the telephonic conversation was on, he was allegedly hit on the side of the head by the SI. Later, as he was getting away from the place, he was intercepted on the road by unidentified persons riding motorcycles, including policemen, Mr. Raviteja alleged.


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