Four rape-murder accused gunned down by cops.
‘They snatched our guns’: Telangana police on encounter killing of those accused in vet rape
Hyderabad/New Delhi: All four accused in the rape-and-murder of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian last month were killed by police on Friday morning, triggering a chorus of praise for what many saw as speedy justice but also raising concerns over extra-judicial executions.
The incident took place around 6.30 am when the accused, lorry workers aged between 20 and 24, were taken to the scene of the crime near Hyderabad for a reconstruction of events as part of the investigation, a senior police official said.
“They (accused) snatched weapons from police and fired on police and tried to escape… police fired in retaliation in which the four accused died,” a senior police official told PTI.
Two policemen were also injured, he said. The four men were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body, an incident that led to widespread outrage and recalled the horrors of the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder of a physiotherapy intern in Delhi. News of the ‘encounter’ killing led to celebrations in some quarters and concern in others.
The father and the sister of the woman veterinarian said they were very happy and thanked the Telangana government and police.
“We watched on TV that they were killed in an encounter. We are very happy. Even people are happy. I thank the Telangana government and police for the encounter. I thank everyone who stood by us,” the father told the media. The young woman’s sister hoped the killings would be a deterrent for others.
“With this incident people should be scared to commit such crimes (against women),” she said. While the woman veterinarian has come to be known as “Disha”, direction, the Delhi girl was dubbed “Nirbhaya”, the fearless one.
Seven years after their daughter was gangraped — she died in a Singapore hospital a fortnight later — Nirbhaya’s parents also expressed satisfaction and the hope that their daughter’s culprits would be hanged soon and justice would be theirs.
Nirbhaya’s mother appealed to authorities to not punish the policemen involved in the encounter.
It’s not first time for Sajjanar
Has Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar once again delivered ‘instant justice’ in a case of a heinous crime against women?
People on social media started discussing this after all the four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian were gunned down by the police early Friday near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
After the shocking crime on November 27, a section of people have been demanding Sajjanar to deliver justice as he had done in the past while serving as the Superintendent of Warangal district in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
It was on December 12, 2008 that the police had killed all three accused in an acid attack on two girl students in Warangal. The official had then claimed that the accused S. Srinvas Rao, Potharaju Harikrishna and B. Sanjay were killed when they attacked policemen while trying to escape.
The incident had occurred near Mamnoor hillock, on the outskirts of Warangal, where they had reportedly hidden the material used to target the two engineering students. Though police had claimed that it opened fire in self-defence, it was believed that it acted to quell the public outrage triggered by the crime.
The then Congress government headed by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had come under criticism for ensuring protection to women.
Human rights activists, however, had slammed the government and the police for ‘extra-judicial’ killing.
(Left) In this undated photo Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar pose with a gun. Sajjanar was leading the team that took the four accused involved in rape and murder of a woman veterinarian to the scene of the crime, apparently for reconstruction in Hyderabad on Friday.
(Right) Women offer sweets to policemen as they commend the Hyderabad Police for its strong action against the four accused in the gang rape and murder of a 25-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad on Friday.