Kurnool: Days after four-members of a family ended their lives in Nandyal of Kurnool district, the AP Police arrested inspector and head constable of One-Town police station for harassment and abetment to suicide.
This followed the intervention of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
It may be recalled that Abdul Salaam, 45, an auto driver, his wife Noor Jahan, 38, their daughter Salma, 14, and son Dadhi Khalandar, 10, ended their lives by jumping in front of a running train at Kavuluru village under the Panyam police station limits.
Before taking the extreme step, they recorded a video blaming Nandyal police for their suicide.
As per reports, Abdul Salaam, a resident of Rojakunta Street in Nandyal, worked in a jewelry shop in the town earlier. He was accused of stealing 3 kgs of gold from the shop recently.
Police allegedly recovered around 500 gms of gold from Abdul's house. He was arrested and sent to judicial remand. After obtaining bail, he started driving an auto for livelihood. Recently, one of the passengers, who traveled in Abdul's auto-rickshaw complained that he stole Rs 70,000.
Police registered a case against Abdul and he was summoned to the police station for questioning. Abdul reportedly felt humiliated and resorted to the extreme step along with his wife and children. On November 3, their bodies were found lying on the railway tracks.
However, the pre-suicide video went viral on social media. Taking the matter seriously, Jagan Mohan Reddy instructed DGP D Gautham Sawang and Home Minister Mekathoti Sucharitha to submit a report after conducting an in-depth inquiry into the case.
The DGP directed Shankha Brata Bagchi, Inspector General of Police, APSP Battalions, and Arif Hafeez, Additional SP of Guntur, to investigate the Nandyal suicide case.
Nandyal Inspector Somasekhar Reddy was suspended pending investigation within 24 hours of the intervention of the Chief Minister. Later, Somasekhar Reddy and head constable Gangadhar were arrested under section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 306 (abetment to commit suicide) of the IPC.