In a disturbing incident in Ongole, Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, a tribal man named Mota Naveen was attacked and subjected to the degrading act of urination by Mannam Ramanjaneyulu and eight others. The incident took place on June 19, and the police have made significant progress in the case.
The Attack and Relationship Dispute
The victim, Mota Naveen, and Mannam Ramanjaneyulu were initially friends. However, a dispute arose when Ramanjaneyulu’s friend became involved in a relationship with a girl connected to Naveen. As a result, a case was filed against Naveen under the provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and he was sent on remand. Despite the legal action, Naveen continued his relationship with the girl, which further aggravated Ramanjaneyulu and his friends, leading to the deterioration of their friendship.
The Violent Attack and Urination
To seemingly reconcile with Naveen, Ramanjaneyulu invited him for drinks a few days after the dispute. However, after consuming alcohol, Ramanjaneyulu and his friends launched a violent attack on Naveen. In a deeply degrading act, the accused also urinated on the victim. This horrific incident left Naveen traumatized.
Reporting and Investigation
Following the assault, Naveen filed a police complaint and received medical treatment at a hospital. However, he did not disclose the incident involving urination. Nevertheless, during a thorough investigation, the police discovered videos depicting the appalling act committed against Naveen. These videos provided crucial evidence for the case.
Arrests and Legal Action
Andhra Pradesh police have arrested six individuals in connection with the incident. Among the eight individuals involved, two were juveniles. However, Mannam Ramanjaneyulu, the main accused, is currently evading arrest, and the police are actively searching for him. Considering the severity of the crime and the victim’s tribal background, the police have invoked the Prevention of SC/ST (Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes) Atrocities Act suo motu (on its own) in the case.
Caste Prejudice and Criminal History
It is important to note that this incident was not a premeditated case of caste prejudice, as all the individuals involved were initially friends. Both Ramanjaneyulu and Naveen have a history of engaging in several serious crimes, with approximately 30 cases registered against them. This context adds complexity to the incident and the dynamics between the individuals involved.
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