ANDHRA PRADESH

Rights leaders demand action against police

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: Several rights, women and dalit organisations have demanded immediate filing of a criminal case in the alleged January 22 rape of four Khond adivasi women of Baaluguda village in Babusala panchayat of Munchingput mandal in Visakhapatnam district and condemned the alleged attempts of the local police to hush up the crime.

State general secretary of Human Rights Forum VS Krishna, General secretary of Mahila Chetana K. Padma, representative of Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee district unit A. Annapurna and others visited Baaluguda on Sunday and spoke with resident adivasis. “The adivasi women confirmed to us what they had told the former Paderu MLA Raja Rao on Saturday. According to them, around 50 Greyhounds police personnel along with the Munchingput SI of police Keshav Rao descended on the village at about 5 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 22). They rounded up all the men and boys they could find near a school located on the edge of the village. Several policemen then entered the houses of the four adivasi women and raped them,” the leaders said.

The policemen took into their custody nine men of the village and six of them were let off after “bindover” cases were registered against them.

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