Telangana: Three Cops Dismissed From Service Over Custodial Death Of Dalit Woman

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Custodial Death Dalit Woman: Telangana police dismisses three personnel, including a sub-inspector, in connection to the custodial death of a Dalit woman. Ambadipudi Mariyamma, who was a native of Chintakani in Khammam district, and reportedly collapsed at the police station and died on June 18.

Following the incident, the three cops  V Maheshwar, MA Rasheed Patel and P Janaiah, were were first suspended for their involvement in the case of custodial death and subsequently dismissed from service on July 20 under Article 311 (2) (b) of the Constitution and 25 (2) of conduct rules.

The 45-year-old, who reportedly belonged to the Mala caste, used to work as a domestic worker at a pastor’s house at Addagudur in Yadadri district. She was accused of robbery by her employer, a priest named Father Balashouri. Along with her son and his friend, the Dalit woman was brought to the police station in the Yadadri Bhongir district on June 15 after a complaint was registered against her.

According to The News Minute, Mariyamma was accused of stealing Rs 2 lakh from her employer’s house. Initially, her son Uday Kiran and his friend Shankar were arrested by the police in connection with the case. The woman was arrested two days later.

The deceased woman’s son alleged that both of them were severely beaten in police custody.

“They kicked my mother’s stomach with shoes. Unable to bear the pain, she urinated there itself. She then fell severely ill. At 9.30 am, when they tried to resuscitate her, she died in my lap,” her son claimed.

However, the police denied the allegations levelled by the family against them.

The Telangana State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has asked for detailed inquiry into the case from the Rachakonda Commissioner of Police.

On the other hand, the High Court has ordered a judicial probe while the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) too issued a notice to the state.