Disturbing visuals have emerged from Telangana's Sanga Reddy district where a policeman is seen kicking the grieving father of a 16-year-old college student who died under suspicious circumstances on Monday.
In a video of the incident, a group of cops can be seen hurriedly pushing a large metal coffin, containing the body of the young girl, down a pathway in broad daylight when her father rushes to block their path.
The father falls on the ground to block the cops, after which a police constable is seen kicking and trying to pull him away. The father is seen still clinging when violently pushed.
In distressing and emotional scenes, as he is dragged away a frail woman in a white and red saree, believed to be his wife, comes running to his rescue. She tries to persuade the father to let go even as the cop who kicked him shoves her away.
The police superintendent of Medak district, who is now in charge of Sanga Reddy, has said the police officer in question has been suspended. A departmental inquiry has been initiated and he will be required to take counselling.
Chandana Deepti, the police officer, told NDTV some agitated protestors, along with family members, had tried to take the body from police custody.
"It was when the police was trying to recover custody of the body for post-mortem examination that when this unfortunate incident happened," she said.
The circumstances surrounding the death of the young girl, who was a student of a private junior college, have yet to be explained.
A suicide case has been registered after her body was found in the washroom of her college. A case of criminal negligence has been booked against the private college management on the basis of the family's complaint.
The family has alleged negligence on the part of the college. The family claims the girl had been running a high fever in the days prior to her death and was also suffering from depression.
They also claim they were not informed of her death till much later. The last rites of the girl are yet to be performed though the body has been handed over to the family after post-mortem examination.