//Police lathi-charged Shareef's funeral party in Hyderabad, cops arrested

Police lathi-charged Shareef's funeral party in Hyderabad, cops arrested

Hyderabad, May 23 (IANS) Hyderabad Police Tuesday arrested six traffic policemen for allegedly causing the death of a motorbike rider by throwing a baton at him.

Six personnel, including sub-inspector Yadgiri Swami and police constable Muralidhar, who allegedly threw the baton, were arrested after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy announced late Monday that those guilty would be caught within 24 hours.

The accused were kept at the Central Crime Station, where senior officials questioned them.

Syed Shareef, 25, who was not wearing a helmet, died and a pillion rider was seriously injured when a police constable allegedly threw his baton at the rider Sunday.

However, the policemen denied that the allegation claiming that the youth met with an accident due to fast driving.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission issued notices to Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Mohanty regarding the incident.

"We have taken suo moto cognisance of the case and are issuing a notice today," said chairman of the commission Justice Subhashan Reddy.

The city witnessed sporadic violence and massive protests Monday during the funeral procession of Shareef. Police lathi-charged people returning from the funeral, a dozen are reported to be injured. There were stone pelting on the police by the angry crowd.

Shareef was trying to escape from policemen who had ordered him to stop, as he was not wearing a helmet.

The policemen, who allegedly did not even go to help the victims when they fell down, have been booked for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The chief minister Monday announced a relief of Rs.200,000 and offered a job to Shareef's family.