Yadadri-Bhongir: High drama unfolded in Hajipur early on Saturday when a large group of police personnel descended on the village and took about 15 people, who were on an indefinite fast demanding action in the serial killings, into custody.
Hajipur village has been making headlines for the sexual assault and murder of three girls. The victims’ families and others in the village launched a fast-unto-death at Gudibavi Chowrastha near the Tahsildar office at Bommalaramaram on May 16. They were demanding that accused Marri Srinivas Reddy be tried in a fast-track court and punished with hanging until death.
About 15 people, including parents Pamula Narsimha, Nagamani, Theprabpina Mallesh, Thapraboina Manisha, Nandam Pamula and Bhagyamma, were on the indefinite fast when around 2.30 am on Saturday the police personnel took this group into custody and rushed them to Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad for a medical checkup. They personnel later dropped them back in Hajipur around 10 am.
Peeved at the police action, four relatives of the girls got into Thetla Baavi, the agricultural open well in which one of the girls’ body was found, and sat in protest soon after they were dropped back by the police. As tension gripped the village once again, Hajipur sarpanch Kavitha Venkatesh Goud rushed to Thetla Baavi and convinced them to come out of the well.
Later, the villagers went to Bhongir and met District Collector Anitha Ramachandran, seeking justice. In the memorandum submitted to the Collector, they demanded for trial in a fast-track court. They also sought government job to one family member of the victims, Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia and equal distribution of Srinivas Reddy’s land to the families of the victims.
Meanwhile, rumours had it that the victims’ names were etched by Srinivas Reddy on a tree near a temple at the village. Many rushed to the spot to check if the information was true, resulting in yet another round of tension. According to police sources, the accused did not confess to any such action.
Upon learning about the police foiling the protest by the families, senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao rushed to the Jawaharnagar police station, where they were taken first, and demanded their immediate release. Along with other leaders, he also staged a dharna at the police station by raising slogans demanding justice for the families of the victims.