Tension prevailed at Government Hospital here on Sunday with family members, activists of various students and BC Welfare associations and women organisations staged a dharna in front it demanding stern action against those responsible for the death of Paidala Indumathi (17). The girl, a native of Chataparru village, reportedly set herself on fire at her residence on Saturday. She succumbed to the burns later in the hospital. The protesters alleged that D. Chinna Vikky who had been stalking Indumathi, poured kerosene on the girl, along with his brother D. Pedda Vikky, and demanded immediate arrest of the accused.
Ex gratia announced:- Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Peethala Sujatha and AP State Women Commission Chairperson Nannapaneni Raja Kumari called on the bereaved family members at the hospital and consoled them. The Minister said instructions have been given to the police to conduct investigation in the case in an unbiased manner and bring the guilty to book.. Ms. Sujatha announced an ex gratia of Rs. 2.5 lakh to the victim's family
Expressing concern over the tragic incident, Ms. Rajakumari said the accused in the case would not be spared. Speaking to the Media , West Godavari Superintendent of Police Bhaskar Bhushan said a thorough probe is being conducted. “The rural police registered cases against the duo under Section 306 of IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012. Special teams have been constituted to nab the accused," the SP said.
Police handed over the body to the family members after conducting post-mortem. “Police arranged tight security at the hospital and additional forces have been deployed at Chataparru village to prevent untoward incidents. The situation is peaceful," Mr. Bhaskar Bhushan said.