Mysterious bonafide shows two rape accused as minors, cops rubbished the claim

Hyderabad:Four days after the accused in the Veterinarian’s gang-rape were shot-dead in an alleged ‘encounter’,two bonafide certificates have mysteriously surfaced.

As claimed by the family,the documents shows that the accused Jollu Shivakumar and Chintakunta Chenakeshavulu were minors as on the day crime occurred.The bonafide certificates were reportedly issued by the head master of ZPHS government school in Gundigandla of Mahbubnagar district, the documents have surfaced at the time when the NHRC team is inquiring into the alleged encounter.

The documents(in possession of NewsMeter)showed, accused Chintakunta Chenakeshavulu is 15 years 7 months old. He was a student of ZPHS Gundigandla – Mahbubanagar district (admission no: 1999). Keshavulu’s date of birth according to the school admission register shows April 4th 2004. Notably, Keshavulu’s whose school documents shows him as a minor,is married and his wife is in her first trimester.

The accused Jollu Shiva’s date of birth as the school register revealed that he was born on Independence day : August 15th 2002 and as per the school’s calculation, Shiva is 17 years 3 months old. Jollu Shiva studied 2nd – 5th standard between 2008- 2012 academic year at Gundigandla ZPHS school. Interestingly, this certificate was issued on 9th -December 2019, four days after he was gun-down.

An independent check found that, another accused Jollu Naveen Kumar is 2001 born and a major as per the Aadhaar card details.

The certificates toe in line with the families’ version who claimed that the accused were minors at the time of offence.In a TV interview, father of Shiva claimed that his son was 17 years old and had supporting documents to prove his age. However, the Cyberabad cops have rubbished this claim. Commissioner of Police -Cyberabad V C Sajjanar has gone on record and said, all four were majors. The FIR and remand dairy of the gang-rape case mentions them as minors.

When this Correspondent inquired with the concerned police authorities, the cops refuted the family’s claim , they said “ All due diligence were taken during the Investigation’. The authorities at Cherlapally Jail confirmed to this correspondent, that the four accused were majors as per the identification documents submitted during admission at the Central Prison.

Coreena Suares

Coreena Enet Suares is the Editor of NewsMeter. Having over 9 years of experience , her stories have been published in the Deccan Chronicle Newspaper and the Asian Age. A post-graduate in Mass Communication, Coreena began her career as a News Anchor. Through out her journey, she has been able to build a strong network with people from all walks of life . She is also a certified fact-checker by Google India Initiative. She has recently attended the 'Defence Correspondence Course 2019, through which she visited Indo- Pak border, besides traveling on a War-ship and an insight into operations of Fighter aircrafts. Coreena's focus areas are anti-crime investigation agencies and Defence reporting.

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