BSP Vikarabad President Dorashetty Sathyam’s wife Annapurna went missing in March this year.

A screenshot from the video of BSP Vikarabad President Dorashetty Sathyam
news Controversy Sunday, June 26, 2022 - 17:44

Alleging that the Telangana police have been negligent in dealing with the complaint over his missing wife, a politician belonging to the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) released a video on Friday, June 24, in which he threatened to take his life as well as that of his two children.

BSP Vikarabad President Dorashetty Sathyam, who is based in Tandur town in the district, released the video on social media, demanding that the police bring his wife back in 48 hours. “My wife left the house three months back. This was because of the involvement of some big people. The police have failed to trace her even after three months. My daughters Nikki and Akshi are in agony, they’re crying. If my wife is not brought back in 48 hours, we will send the location of our dead bodies,” he said in the video, which has since gone viral.

Sathyam also claimed in his video that certain CCTV cameras suspiciously did not work in Tandur’s Shivaji Circle on the day his wife went missing. According to the police, the BSP leader left his house along with his daughters after releasing the video. Since then, the Tandur police have launched a search for them but have been unable to locate them.

According to the investigation authorities, Sathyam’s wife Annapurna, whom he was married to for 18 years, left home on March 6 after leaving a three-page note. The police said that the woman seems to have been under severe stress due to some health-related issues.

Tandur Deputy Superintendent Police (DySP) Shekhar Goud told TNM, “Based on Sathyam’s complaint, we formed at least six teams and probed the case from all angles. In fact, we sent our teams to different states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and other places based on inputs. However, there has been no breakthrough and the search is still on.”

The DySP further stated that as far as the probe and search for Annapurna is concerned, it was never stopped. Talking about Sathyam’s claims in the media, he said that Sathyam should return and provide support to the investigation officials.

When asked about the whereabouts of Sathyam and his two children, the DySP said, “We have taken notice of the matter and started a search for them. Their phone signals and vehicle movement were last found near Parigi and Shamshabad. We’re getting leads that they might be enroute to Mumbai.”

The police are appealing for Sathyam to come back and cooperate with them in the investigation.

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State health department's suicide helpline: 104

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