A 35-year old mentally challenged person died in Hyderabad after four policemen of Meerpet police station allegedly tied him up and dumped him in bushes. Although the incident occurred on May 21, it came to light on Monday. According to multiple reports, the deceased was lynched by locals of Meerpet on suspicion of being a child abductor, a paranoia spread by miscreants through fake WhatsApp messages.
Meerpet police later rescued him from the clutches of the angry mob only to leave the helpless man to die in a forest area.
Times of India reported that the police personnel who were in plainclothes found him to be a â€˜nuisanceâ€™, so they bundled him out of their vehicle with his hands tied at Abdullahpurmet highwayâ€”city outskirtsâ€”and sped away. However, a shepherd, Rangaiah, witnessed the entire incident and alerted local police about four suspicious persons throwing a man from the car. Though the local police tried to save him by rushing him to hospital, they couldnâ€™t save his life, as he succumbed while undergoing treatment. After investigation into the incident, it was revealed that the men were from the police.
Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat informed media that four policemen involved in the shameful incident identified as Sub-Inspector Mohammed Masiuddin, V Srinivas Reddy, Assistant Sub Inspector Chand Pasha and Head Constable Sanjeev Reddy were suspended.
The Commissioner further said that they will conduct an inquiry into the incident.
It is suspected that the victim died due to heat as there were no external injuries as per the autopsy report.
"We have sent the viscera to forensic science laboratory for analysis and only after we receive the lab and autopsy report, we will know the exact cause of death. There were no external injuries on the body," Abdullapurmet inspector D Muni told TOI.