Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu likened the Yuvajana Rythu Sramika Party (YSRCP) government to a ‘jungle raj’ which along with the Andhra Pradesh police department was responsible for Abdul Salaam’s family suicide recently.
“The Minority family’s suicide was just a culmination of a series of non-stop atrocities being committed against the BCs, SCs, STs, and Muslim minorities under the Jagan Reddy’s ‘Police Raj’,” alleged Naidu.
He said Salaam’s family lost all hope of leading a peaceful life after Nandyala police terrorized it and mentally tortured them, which led to all of them throwing themselves under a goods train. He likened their deaths to an ‘animal sacrifice’ in alleged diabolical rule in the southern state.
“Ruthless harassment in the form of false cases and oral threats drove the Muslim family to end their lives. Prior to his death, Salaam told his mother-in-law how the police threatened to send him to jail,” Naidu alleged.
According to the former Chief Minister, Salaam’s mother-in-law stated that he was first implicated in a false robbery case and sent to jail.
“He came out of jail after 42 days and tried to earn his livelihood by driving an autorickshaw. Again, another false case was filed and Salaam was called to the police station where he was terrorized,” said the TDP supremo.
In addition to demanding a CBI probe, Naidu also demanded the dismissal of circle inspector Somasekhar Reddy and head constable Gangadhar and the suspension of local DSP.
On Sunday, circle inspector Somasekhar Reddy and head constable Gangadhar were arrested for abetment to suicide of Salaam (45), his wife Noorjahan (43), son Dada Khalandar (9), and daughter Salma (14). The four committed suicide last Wednesday due to alleged police harassment.
The policemen immediately got bail but the state government has filed a bail cancellation petition. The Salaam family suicide has taken a political color in the southern state with the incumbent YSRCP and TDP trading barbs against each other.