Hyderabad: The post-mortem of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) ‘martyr’ Srinivas Reddy who succumbed to his burns at Apollo Hospital in Kanchanbagh is completed. Keeping in view the seriousness of conducting the post-mortem at the Osmania mortuary as per the regular procedures, police advised against it. They made arrangements for the forensic experts from Osmania Hospital to conduct the post-mortem in Apollo itself.
However, till now the plan is successful. But the big challenge ahead for them is to shift the body to his home in Khammam, which is around 200 kms away from the hospital.
As soon as the news of Srinivas’s death broke, employees in large numbers, union leaders, politicians, people’s organisations gathered at the Apollo hospital. After the post-mortem, employees wanted the body to be shifted to the Bus Bhavan at RTC X Roads in Hyderabad so that they could pay their final respects to their colleague. While they are determined to go ahead with this plan, police are against this. If employees could make it to the Bus Bhavan with Srinivas Reddy’s body, it may lead to a major law and order issue, further fuelling the already charged atmosphere.
Even otherwise, if police can convince the employee unions and shift the body directly to Khammam, they have to pass many towns and villages en route, where the movement could be obstructed. As the route is a highway and is the only option for travel, Hyderabad police have already communicated to the neighbouring districts to make adequate security arrangements, so that the vehicle taking Srinivas Reddy’s body can pass through easily.
All patrolling vehicles in the respective districts have been deployed across the highway and armed parties have also been roped in to handle any eventuality.
Further, police have also decided to escort the vehicle with a special team, to control any disturbances midway.