Hyderabad: Accused of stealing a mobile phone, humiliated and tortured by police, a 17-year-old youth committed suicide by hanging at his residence at New Mirjalguda here on Wednesday night. The minor was kept at the police station for hours together.
Police brass’ claim of `peo ple-friendly policing’ turns out to be hollow with yet another harassment incident snuffing out a young life.
Malkajgiri police said S Tarun Yadav,17, an Airtel telecaller executive, committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling at his residence on Wednesday night.
According to Tarun’s family members, the teenager ended his life due to harassment by Lalaguda inspector Karan Kumar Singh and a sub-inspector. He was beaten up, abused and told to grease the palms of Lalaguda police in a case of tab and mobile phone theft.
On Tuesday, four friend s_Tarun, Sushil alias Nani, Sandeep and another person, had a party at Railway Institute, North Lalaguda. During the party, there was a tiff among them. A tab, Samsung phone and money belonging to Sushil were reportedly tak en away by Sandeep and Tarun. Subsequently, Sushil went to Lalaguda police station and lodged a complaint against his two friends. On Tuesday night, police recovered the two gadgets from the duo and sent them home, asking them to come to the police station on Wednesday morning.
“After the gadgets were recovered, Sushil wanted to withdraw the case and approached inspector Karan Kumar Singh. The inspector chided him and refused to allow him to withdraw the case,” S Shankar Yadav, Tarun Yadav’s brother, told TOI. Karan Singh is the general secretary of the Hyderabad Police Officers’ Association.
Meanwhile, Sandeep and Tarun, accompanied by their kin and friends, went to the police station the next day.
“Tarun and Sandeep were harassed and beaten up from morning till night. At the behest of Sandeep’s father, a local leader, Sunil, approached inspector Singh. Sunil returned and told Sandeep’s father that the inspector was demanding Rs 1 lakh to release the duo. As we could not raise that much money, we were resigned to the fact that Tarun be sent to court,” Shankar said. After the day-long ordeal, Sandeep and Tarun were let off late in the night on station bail and Lalaguda sub-inspector Sudhir told them to come to court on Thursday with Rs 15,000 otherwise they would be framed in other cases, the family alleged.
At 9.40 pm, Tarun reached his residence and narrated to his parents the humiliation he suffered at the hands of the policemen and wanted to commit suicide.
“Tarun’s mother pacified and told him to have dinner. He went into a room and committed suicide by hanging from the ceiling,” the family said.
When contacted, Karan Singh claimed it was a baseless allegation and the teenager committed suicide after a fight with his family members.
“I counselled the duo before their friends and relatives. Since Thursday morning, the family members have started distorting facts and started making baseless allegations,” he said. When questioned why a minor was taken to the police station, the inspector disputed that and claimed Tarun was an 18-year-old.
However, Malkajgiri inspector Shekar Goud said that Tarun was 17 years.
In the panchanama, Malkajgiri police stated that Tarun was addicted to ganja and alcohol and he committed suicide after an altercation with his mother.