New Delhi: All the four accused in the gangrape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad were killed in a police encounter on Friday morning. Confirming the development, VC Sajjanar, Cyberabad Police Commissioner, said, “The accused were killed in a police encounter at Chatanpally, Shadnagar today in the wee hours, between 3 am and 6 am. I have reached the spot and further details will be revealed.
“The encounter happened at the crime scene in Shadnagar, around 60 km from Hyderabad. The police had taken the accused – Mohammed, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu – for re-construction of events as part of the investigation. However, the four of them tried to escape from the spot and also attacked the police. They tried to snatch weapons from the officials too, after which, the police, in self-defence, opened fire on them.
MY DAUGHTER GOT JUSTICE TODAY :SAYS VICTIMS FATHER
Reacting to the development, the victim’s father said, ”my daughter got justice today.” ”It has been 10 days to the day my daughter died. I express my gratitude towards the police and the government for this. My daughter’s soul must be at peace now,” he added
The late doctor’s sister said, ”I want to thank the Telangana Police, Telangana government and the media for their support to us.”
Meanwhile, Swati Maliwal, the DCW chairperson who is on a hunger strike in the national capital demanding justice for the victim, said, ”What will the police do if rapists try to escape?”
On her turn, Nirbhaya’s (the paramedic who was gang-raped and brutally tortured by five men on December 2012) mother Asha Devi said, ”I am extremely happy with this punishment. Police have done a great job and I demand that no action should be taken against the police personnel.”
Asha Devi regretted that despite getting capital punishment from the Supreme Court, the accused in her daughter’s case have still not been hanged to death.
”Justice has been delayed to us. I have been running from pillar to post for the last 7 years. I appeal to the justice system of this country and the government, that Nirbhaya’s culprits must be hanged to death, at the earliest,” she demanded.
On the Telangana encounter, Rekha Sharma, National Commission for Women chairperson, said, ”As a common citizen I am feeling happy that this was the end we all wanted for them. But this end was supposed to be through the legal system. It should have happened through proper channels.”
”We always demanded death penalty for them, and here police is the best judge, I don’t know in what circumstances this happened,” she added.
BSP chief Mayawati was the first among the political leaders to express her views on the Telangana encounter case. ”Crimes against women are on the rise in Uttar Pradesh, but the state government is sleeping. Police here and also in Delhi should take inspiration from Hyderabad Police, but unfortunately here criminals are treated as state guests, there is jungle raj in UP right now, ” she said.
The Hyderabad gangrape and murder case had triggered a nationwide protest and renewed demands for capital punishment for the accused in such heinous crimes. The 26-year-old veterinary doctor was smothered, gang-raped and then burnt by four men and her charred body was found the next day on November 28 under a culvert on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway.
According to the Cyberabad Police, the four accused had punctured the rear wheel of her scooter, offered to help her, dragged her to a secluded spot close to a toll plaza and raped her. It said the victim died due to suffocation and the accused later set her body on fire.
The Cyberabad Police had arrested the four accused on November 29 in connection with their involvement in the rape and murder case. All the four accused, who worked as drivers and cleaners, were sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a local court.
The Telangana government on Wednesday issued orders for setting up a fast track court to try the four accused in connection with the case. The government also designated the Court of First Additional District and Sessions Judge in Mahabubnagar district as the special court for speedy trial of the case.
Against the backdrop of the gruesome incident, the Telangana government said cases of crimes against women and missing women should be registered immediately by police on receipt of a complaint by following the ‘Zero FIR’ system.
Last week, three cops were suspended over alleged negligence in filing the FIR in connection with the rape and murder of the veterinarian.