Six of family killed in road accident in Telangana

Hyderabad: Six members of a family, including two children, died in a road accident in Nalgonda district of Telangana, police said on Monday.

The mishap occurred when the family members were returning to their village in the district in a car late Sunday night after a visit to temples in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

Tragedy struck them on the highway at Miryalguda minutes before they were to reach their destination, police said.

The driver of the car tried to avoid hitting a dog but ended up landing on the other side of the highway at Miryalguda after crossing the median, they said. The car was hit by a lorry coming in the opposite direction.

While five people died on the spot, a woman succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment in a hospital, police said, adding that the lorry driver was nabbed.

The NHRC has taken suo motu cognisance of a report on a video clip purportedly showing policewomen “dragging a protesting student by her hair in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana during an agitation by some students of the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) on 24th January, 2024,” it said.

The video has since gone viral on social media, the NHRC said.

Accordingly, it has issued notices to the chief secretary and the director general of police of Telangana, seeking a detailed report on the incident within four weeks. It should also include the action taken report and health status of the girl, it added.

According to the report, carried on January 25, the students were protesting against a decision of the state government allocating 100 acres of land belonging to the university, for the construction of the new High Court complex, the statement said.