Yadadri-Bhongir: The parents of victims of Hajipur serial killings on Thursday launched a fast-unto-death at mandal headquarter Bommalaramaram demanding setting up of a fast track court to take up the trial of the accused Marri Srinivas Reddy.
The villagers took out a protest rally from Hajipur to Bommalaramaram in which the parents of the victims also participated, holding placards highlighting their demands.
At 11 am, Pamula Narsimha and Nagamani, parents of Sravani, Theprabpina Mallesh, father of Manisha and the parents of Pamula Sravani, Thapraboina Manisha and Nandam and Bhagyamma, parents of Kalpana, launched the fast-unto-death at Gudibavi Chowrastha located near the Tahsildar office at Bommalaramaram. During their protest, the parents broke down several times remembering their daughters.
Speaking on the occasion, Narsimha, father of Sravani, said the State government should immediately set up a fast track court to take up the case involving the killing of three girls at Hajipur village. He expressed displeasure over the delay in setting up a fast track for the case. The accused in the case should be awarded such punishment that it proves to be a deterrent for others, he said.
Bhagyamma, mother of Kalpana, said that Srinivas Reddy should get the death sentence for his actions and the government should take measures in this direction. The emotionally charged mother said women in the village would give suitable punishment to Srinivas Reddy if it was left to them. “If Srinivas Reddy is a psychopath, he would have targetted others too, but he targetted only girls,” she said, and urged the police not to dilute the case by projecting Srinivas Reddy as a psychopath.
Sarpanch of Hajipur Grama Panchayat Kavitha Venkatesh Goud, who participated in the protest demonstration supporting the agitation of the parents of Hajipur victims, said leaders of the ruling party and officials had cited the election code of conduct for the delay in setting up fast track court. She questioned as to why the State government had not set up fast track court immediately after completion of the Zilla Parishad elections.