Andhra Pradesh: Dalit Man Lynched For Plucking Mangoes From Upper Caste Man’s Orchard
To frame it as suicide, Bikki Srinivas’ body was hanged from the ceiling of the panchayat office.
A 30-year-old dalit man was allegedly lynched for plucking mangoes from the orchard of an upper caste man at Singampalli village in East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, May 29.
The New Indian Express (TNIE) reported that after Bikki Srinivas was caught stealing the mangoes, the orchard owner and other villagers beat him with sticks. After he died from the thrashing, Srinivas’ body was hanged from the ceiling of the panchayat office, to frame the matter as that of a suicide.
As per reports, when Srinivas’ family received the news of his death, they rushed to the panchayat office to recover the body. They noticed marks and injuries on the body and suspected foul play.
As news spread, around 1,000 people from nearby villages reached Singampalli to stage a protest and demand that a case be registered against the culprits under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, reports say.
Former MP GV Harsha Kumar also joined the protest. Peddapuram DSP Rama Rao and other senior police officials rushed to the village to bring the situation under control.