Police filed a case against BC welfare minister Baswaraju Saraiah’s son Sriman on Monday for allegedly abusing a police official on duty. Coming to his son’s defense, Saraiah said Sriman was targeted because he belonged to a BC community.
Sriman reportedly abused Mattewada sub-inspector Ramesh Kumar in filthy language and threatened him with dire consequences for failing to stop TRS activists from protesting during his father’s official programmes here on Sunday.
The SI brought the matter to the notice of the Warangal urban SP. After the SP’s clearance, the Mattewada police registered cases under sections 355 (obstructing duties), 448 (trespassing) and 286 (disturbing officials).
The SI said that Sriman was in a drunken state when he abused him. Saraiah along with his ministerial colleague Maheedhar Reddy were obstructed by some TRS activists during official programmes.
After Saraiah left, Sriman went to the Mattewada police station and allegedly created a scene there, blaming the police for remaining mute spectators when the TRS workers obstructed the ministers. Deputy SP Lavanya Naik said the case was filed against Sriman based on the SI’s version.
Responding to the police action, Saraiah said his son neither threatened nor abused the cops. “Police should come out with evidence and if my son is at fault, I would apologise,” he said. He alleged that his son was targeted as he hails from a BC community.
He alleged that some leaders did not like the way he was taking active part in the Telangana movement.
While the police were trying to take Sriman into custody, he left for Hyderabad where he filed for an anticipatory bail in the high court.
Sources said he was also thinking of surrendering himself in a Hyderabad court.