Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh police files bail cancellation plea after the bail has been granted to circle inspector Somasekhar Reddy and HC Gangadhar in Abdul Salam mass suicide case.
Despite the inclusion of serious, non-bailable Indian Penal Code's Sections 306 (abetment to suicide), voluntarily causing hurt (323) and voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means (324), the court granted them the bail.
"As the accused in question are a part of the local law enforcement machinery and are likely to hamper the investigation by threatening the witnesses, in order to ensure that justice is delivered and the accused are punished, the state administration has immediately filed a 'Bail Cancellation Petition' seeking immediate cancellation of the bail awarded to the accused," said AP police.
The police said that the accused being released on bail could result in witnesses turning hostile and intimidate new witnesses who would otherwise volunteer to testify. "The bail could give the accused a chance to hamper the investigation by threatening or coercing the witnesses," said AP Police.
It may be recalled that Abdul Salaam (45), an auto driver, his wife Noorjahan (38), their daughter Salma (14) and son Dadhi Khalandar (10), died by suicide on November 3 by jumping in front of a running train at Kavuluru village under the Panyam police station limits. They took a selfie video before taking the extreme step, in which they blamed the Nandyal police for their suicide.
As per reports, Abdul Salaam, a resident of Rojakunta Street in Nandyal, worked in a jewellery shop in the town earlier. He was accused of stealing around 3 kgs of gold from the shop recently.
The police have recovered around 500 gms of gold from Abdul house and they arrested him and he was sent to judicial remand. After coming out from the prison on bail, he started running an auto for livelihood. Recently, one of the passengers, who has travelled in Abdul's auto-rickshaw complained about theft of Rs70,000.
The 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 scattered on the railway tracks.
However, the selfie video before ending their lives taken by Abdul, surfaced and it went viral on social media. Taking the matter seriously, Jagan Mohan Reddy instructed to 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. Somasekhar Reddy and head constable Gangadhar were arrested under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 306 (abetment to commit suicide) of the IPC.