Rights group opposed to installation of Pranay’s statue

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File Photo: Amrutha Varshini with her slain husband Pranay Kumar

Nalgonda: Parents’ Rights Protection Forum, a local group, took out a rally from Clock Tower Centre to District Jail in Nalgonda where Tirunagari Maruthi Rao, accused no 1 in Pranay’s murder case, is lodged, demanding a law for protection of rights of parents.

They also submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police and District Revenue Officer strongly objecting to the proposal of some people to install statue of Pranay at a junction at Miryalaguda.

The memorandum signed by Yama Murali, Bhupathi Raju, K Daivadeenam, Poola Janardhan, Yada Praveen Kumar of the Forum, said that it was unfortunate that the killing of Pranay had taken a political turn and was provoking a section of people towards other sections for political mileage. They strongly condemned political interference in family matters while the case was under investigation.

They said to gain political mileage, some people had proposed to install statue of Pranay at a junction in Miryalaguda. Pranay was neither a leader nor a social activist. They said his statue in a public place would send wrong signals to teenagers and children, and provoke them in the name of love, which was not safe for society.

They said the Bench of Supreme Court of India headed by Justice RM Lodha and Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya in its judgement delivered on January 19 in the year 2013 strictly had told all State governments not to grant any permission for installation of any statue or construction of any structure on public roads, pavements, sideways and other public utility places.

They urged the government authorities not to give permission for installation of Pranay’s statue in Miryalaguda town. Earlier, they also met Tirunagari Sravan at the District Jail utilising the facility of ‘mulakath’. It is learnt that Maruthi Rao refused to meet them saying there were restrictions on number of mulakaths and he wanted to meet his advocate and his wife.