The torture of Dalits and Backward Class people belonging to Nerella village of Rajanna Siricilla district in Telangana in the police custody in connection with the lorry burning case is said to have caused irreparable damage to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
Nerella village is hardly 35-40 km distance from three important constituencies, represented by the family members of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
While Nerella comes under Siricilla which is represented by KCR’s son and IT minister KTR, it is less than 30 km away from Siddipet, represented by KCR’s nephew and irrigation minister T Harish Rao and is around 50-60 km away from Gajwel constituency represented by the chief minister himself.
The sand mafia operating in the region has been operating lorries on the Siricilla-Siddipet-Gajwel route up to Hyderabad.
Naturally, the Nerella incident in which the weaker sections were tortured for torching sand-laden lorries following the death of four villagers, affected all the three constituencies.
The anger against the TRS government is spreading from village to village and the people are agitated over the way the local TRS leaders minting money through illegal sand mining.
The TRS leadership initially thought it can manage the incident by bribing some people and the local media. KTR visited the surrounding villages quite a few times during the agitation period but did not visit Nerella. He tried to shift the blame on the opposition parties for politicising a small issue.
Even KCR defended the police action saying those who burnt the lorries have to face the punishment.
However, with the issue snowballing into a major controversy following the visit of the National SC Commission and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, the TRS leadership felt the heat.
KCR reportedly pulled up his son for allowing the issue to flare up and for not visiting the village soon after the incident. It was only then that KTR went to Vemulawada to console the victims, which they said was just an eyewash.
The government suspended an SI, but it did not satisfy the aggrieved Nerella victims. And the damage to the TRS has been done!