A Dalit man identified as Shyam Kumar was allegedly assaulted and subjected to inhumane treatment in NTR district, Andhra Pradesh. The perpetrators, all of whom have been arrested by the authorities, beat the victim and even urinated on him.
Following the incident, protests erupted, led by the Telugu Desam Party’s (TDP) Scheduled Caste (SC) cell, who demanded justice for Shyam Kumar and all Dalits who have been targeted by such attacks.
TDP SC cell president, MMS Raju, organized the protest, which involved road blockades near Kanchikacharla. Protesters chanted slogans like ‘We Want Justice’.
MMS Raju, while addressing the media, highlighted the growing number of attacks on Dalits during Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s tenure.
He stated, “A lot of attacks on Dalits are continuing in the state. A young boy named Shyam Kumar was assaulted by ruling party followers, and they were granted station bail and wandered outside even after assaulting the Dalit boy brutally.”
“The doctors have advised that Shyam’s jaw should get an operation, and it needs three days for it,” he said.
Condemning the attacks on Dalits, he urged the immediate arrest of all those involved in this heinous incident.
Vijayawada City Police Commissioner, Kanthi Rana Tata said “The Dalit man named Shyam Kumar, who is a resident of Kanchikacherla village, was assaulted by his old friend named Harish Reddy along with five other individuals.”
“Harish Reddy called Shyam Kumar to the Shivsai Kshetra area and forcibly pushed him into a car with the help of five others and took him to Guntur; meanwhile, he was badly assaulted inside the car,” said Kanthi Rana Tata.
The accused individuals will be presented before a fast-track court and remanded as the police diligently pursue justice for the victim.