Former CPI(M) Member of Parliament beaten up while consoling the victim's family
An ex-MP of the CPI(M) was assaulted allegedly by Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party workers when he went to Old City on Monday to console the family of a youngster who ‘ended his life' due to alleged harassment by the police.
Former Rajya Sabha member, P. Madhu, along with a handful of his supporters, went to the house of the victim, Mohd. Aqeel Ahmed, a footwear shop owner who hanged himself in his house at Nasheman Nagar in Talabkatta the previous night, around noon. Already, nearly 200 MIM activists, Yakutpura MLA Mumtaz Khan and local corporator, Wazahat Ali Khan, were there.
The CPI(M), led by Mr. Madhu, has been trying to get foothold in the old city - the political stronghold of MIM - for past few years by raising public issues and challenging MIM domination. On seeing Mr. Madhu, some activist rushed to him shouting that he should leave the place. While Mr. Madhu tried to convince that he wanted to console the victim's family, the mob manhandled him and tore his shirt.
Police used mild force to disperse both the groups and sent away the CPI(M) party workers in a vehicle.
Condemning the MIM attack on him, Mr. Madhu staged a demonstration before Bhavaninagar police station later. Based on a complaint lodged by his supporter, a case of assault was registered and he was shifted to the Osmania General Hospital. There were no visible injuries on the ex-MP, South zone DCP, Manish Kumar Sinha, said.
Speaking to reporters at the OGH later, the ex-MP alleged that the MIM leaders had changed the ‘suicide note' written by the victim. Ahmed's family members were away attending a function in a relative's house when he hanged himself.
A suicide note found by his family and given to police stated that he wanted to die due to police harassment. “I am not a rowdy-sheeter,” he stated in his suicide note. The police opened a rowdy sheet against him following his alleged involvement in a communal case in 2010.
The MIM MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, and other leaders called on the victim's family members, assuring to extend all help to them who demanded that one of them should be provided with a Government job. The suicide note indicated that he was harassed by police by opening rowdy-sheet against him, the DCP said. “But it is a fact that Ahmed was arrested along with his elder brother, Khaleel, for pelting stones at police during communal clashes in 2010,” he pointed out.
He was also summoned to Bhavaninagar police station earlier in connection with the recently concluded Milad-un-Nabi celebrations. However, Mr. Sinha conceded that there were rumours that a constable of Moghalpura police station, Basheer, had been pressurising Aqeel to become ‘police informer'.
This angle along with the allegation that the suicide note was changed would be investigated into, and already a case of suspicious death was registered, he added.
Meanwhile, the A. P.Agricultural Workers Union has condemned the attack on Mr. Madhu, who was the union's former general secretary, allegedly by a group led by MIM MLA Mumtaz Khan.
Union president P. Murali Krishna and general secretary B. Venkat in a statement said the attack only exposes the fascist attitude of the attackers. It is deplorable that the MIM is not in a position even to tolerate some one consoling the family of deceased Muslim youth and it clearly established the widening gulf between the people and that party, they said.
Madhu has been trying to get a foothold in the old city, the political stronghold of MIM Condemning the attack, Madhu stages a demonstration before Bhavaninagar police station
Madhu has been trying to get a foothold in the old city, the political stronghold of MIM
Condemning the attack, Madhu stages a demonstration before Bhavaninagar police station