High Court orders CBI enquiry in Yakub Reddy’s torture case

Photo: Yakub Reddy being brought out of the Warangal Police Station. Notice how he was unable to even walk

In a judgement that has yet again exposed the state-sponsored police brutality on Telangana movement, the state high court has ordered a CBI enquiry into the torture of Kakatiya University research scholar Yakub Reddy.

The High court Bench comprising of Justice Ghulam Ahmed and Justice KG Shankar directed the CBI to conduct a thorough enquiry on this incident.

Yakub Reddy was picked up by the Warangal police in connection with a dharna by KU-JAC students in front of state minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah’s house on September 7th, 2011. Yakub Reddy was among two dozen students, who were arrested by the district police and tortured severely. It is learnt that Ponnala Lakshmaiah had himself called up the district police and asked them to ‘teach a lesson’ to these students, who had dared to conduct a dharna in front of his house. Apparently, Ponnaala was peeved because the agitating students had smashed a photo frame of UPA chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

Yakub Reddy, who was brutalized by the district police, was first admitted in MGM hospital Warangal in a very critical condition and was later shifted to Yashoda Hospital, Hyderabad. Since then he has been undergoing treatment.

The Telangana Lawyers JAC had earlier lodged a complaint about this police brutality at the state Human Rights Commission. The SHRC had asked for a detailed report from the state DGP on this incident.

Several Telangana leaders including KCR, Chukka Ramaiah, Nagam Janardhan Reddy, Kalvakuntla Kavitha, Eetela Rajendar had visited Yakub Reddy while he was undergoing treatment at Yashoda Hospital.

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