Vijayawada: Fearing that cops may thrash him for violating lockdown, 55-year-old Sheikh Jafar died on the spot after he accidentally fell inside a maize field at Rayapudi village of Thullur mandal in Guntur district on Friday.
According to deputy superintendent of Thullur police Srinivas Reddy, the incident happened at around 11.30 am when Jafar was sitting with two other friends—Sambasiva Rao and Ayub Khan. “Uur sub-inspector Venkateswarlu and a constable Ramaiah received information that a group of children were playing cricket at a nearby school ground. Upon reaching the spot, the children noticed them and began running screaming ‘police’ which intimidated Jafar who then ran for his life on to the field,” Reddy told TOI.
The constable inquired both Sambasiva Rao and Khan about their presence in the area and asked them to return home. “The constable then left and when Khan and Rao decided to check on Jafar, they found him lying unconscious with his tongue protruding out,” he added.
The police were informed and reached the spot with a local doctor who pronounced him dead. The police then informed both of Jafar’s sonsabout his father’s demise.

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