Khanapur villagers claim police harassed him during investigation

Tension prevailed in Yadgir on Saturday night when residents of Khanapur village staged a protest outside the Yadgir Rural police station, after a youngster committed suicide here recently.

According to his parents, Devaraj Bachimatti (18) committed suicide after being harassed by the police in connection with a bank robbery that took place in August last year. Protesters brought the body to the station and kept it for over two hours. They alleged that the police had physically and mentally harassed the victim.

Villagers did not allow the body to be shifted to the district hospital for post mortem till Superintendent of Police Vamsi Krishna promised to look into the matter. A case was booked in this regard.

The former Ministers A.B. Maalakareddy and Narasimha Naik visited the station, accompanied by Veerabasnatreddy Mudnal, former MLA. They spoke to Mr. Krishna and Deputy Commissioner P. Ranjendra Cholan and Raichur Superintendent of Police S.B. Bisnalli.

Later, Mr. Naik told presspersons that police should stop harassing villagers in the name of investigation. He demanded stringent action against those responsible, and declared that he would join the protest if action wasn’t taken immediately.

Villagers blocked the Sindagi–Hyderabad State highway near Khanapur for over three hours. They dispersed after Assistant Commissioner of Yadgir Subdivision B.P. Vijayakumarvisited the spot and promised to take action.

However, Inspector-General of Police (North-eastern Range) Mohammed Wazir Ahmed told The Hindu over phone on Saturday that a special team had been constituted to crack down on bank robbery cases that occurred in Yadgir and Gulbarga districts last year. Bachimatti was being questioned by the team as part of the investigation. After this incident, a case has been booked against the officials involved. .