In a tragic incident, A Dalit youth was allegedly beaten up by the police for not wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district.
The deceased was identified as Yaricharla Kiran Kumar, a resident from Thomaspeta in Chirala. The incident took place on July 18 in Chirala Town. He was detained by the police for not covering his face with a mask and a helmet. On the late-night of 21st July, he succumbed to death due to his head injuries.
According to the police Statements, on the night of July 18, Kiran Kumar along with his friend Shiny Abraham was riding a bike when they were stopped by the police constable near the check post in Chirala. The SP said that The two men were completely in a drunken state. And when one of the constable, Rami Reddy asked them why they weren’t wearing masks and helmet, while they were driving the vehicle in an intoxicated state, the duo picked up an argument and also assaulted the cop.
Police also claimed that they were being shifted to the station in the jeep When Kiran Kumar tried to escape and jumped out of the running vehicle and fell on the road, which resulted in his head injury. However, he was rushed to the government hospital in Chirala, later he was moved to a private hospital in Guntur for a better treatment, where he breathed his last on the 21st of July.
But the family members of the deceased state that the police brutality killed their son since he was a Dalit and wasn’t wearing a mask. The father of the deceased had filed a complaint against the SI Vijay Kumar under IPC Section 324.
The police’s inquiry revealed that he jumped out of the moving jeep and caused himself the head injury. Yet, comprehensive inquiries will be made to ensure the fact of how he died.
Telugu Desam Party general secretary, Nara Lokesh had charged the police with beating up Dalit youth Kiran for not wearing a mask which eventually led to his death. He also added that he wanted to know if the Dalits have a right to live in Andhra Pradesh. He also reminded the authorities about the Dalit man who was tonsured and humiliated by the police in East Godavari District, over an illegal sand smuggling area.
The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved family of Kiran Kumar and also initiated an inquiry to the incident. Also, the inquiry would be taken over by the additional SI Gangadhar.