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Opinion divided over the 'encounter' of Disha rape-murder accused in Telangana

K V Kurmanath Hyderabad | Updated on December 06, 2019 Published on December 06, 2019

NHRC sets up panel to probe Telangana ‘encounter’

The killing of all the four accused in the rape-murder of Disha (the name given by the police to the victim) in an alleged ‘encounter’ near Shadnagar early this morning has sharply divided the opinion.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar has said that the police opened fire in self-defence after the accused tried to forcibly take away their guns and attack them with stones.

Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has deputed a fact-finding team to Hyderabad to probe the killings.

“We took them there after they promised to show where they hid the victim’s phone watch and power bank. But they tried to attack the police and they opened fire in retaliation,” Sajjanar said.

He denied the reports that they were taken to the spot for reconstructing the crime scene.

Celebrations erupt in Telangana on hearing the news of ‘encounter’ of Areef, Siva, Navin and Chennakeshavulu even as intellectuals and political leaders have felt that extra-judicial killings would no good.

Hundreds of locals began to arrive at the ‘encounter’ site near Chatanpally near Shadnagar minutes after the news was out. Shouting slogans showering priases on police and the State government for handing out instant justice, they said justice was done to Disha.

Rape and murder

The veterinary doctor was kidnapped from a lonely spot near a toll plaza on the national highway on November 27, where she was seeking help to get her two-wheeler repaired. The accused, who had offered to help, abducted and raped her, before burning her alive.

A passer-by, who saw the charred body of Disha, tipped off the police the following day, leading to the arrests.

 

Read: Brutal rape and murder of veterinary doctor shakes the conscience of Telangana

 

The kin of Disha, Nirbhya, BSP President Mayawati, CPI leader Narayana, several BJP leaders and film personalities expressed happiness over the justice done to the veterinary doctor.

 

Jubilation

Social media too erupts into jubilation. A few political leaders and other handles, however, questioned the manner in which the killings happened. They felt that a due course of law should have taken place.

 

READ: Disha murder case: ‘Instant justice’ to ‘Instant gratification’ – social media abuzz over ‘encounter’ of accused

 

Taking law into hands

“You cannot take law in your hands. They would have been punished by the court,” senior BJP leader Maneka Gandhi said.

CPM leader Sitaram Yechury felt that extra-judicial killings cannot be the answer to serious concerns over the safety of women.

The brutal murder of Disha has rocked the nation, with people demanding harsh punishment for the offenders. The Parliament too discussed the issue, with several members expressing anguish at the dastardly act and demanding severe punishment to the perpetrators.
Protests

The rape and brutal murder of the veterinary doctor shook the nation with all political parties, leaders, celebrities and people demanding death for the accused.

Thousands of protesters mobbed the Shadnagar police station near the Hyderabad-Bengaluru National Highway on Saturday and Sunday, demanding the police hand over the accused to them so that they could punish them. The protests continued unabated, forcing the police to bring the magistrate to the station, to seek custody of the accused.

 

Timeline

November 27, 6 pm: Disha parks her two-wheeler near Tondupally jn

 

November 27, 9.18 pm: She comes back to pick up her bike

 

November 27 9. 22 pm: Calls kin sensing danger

 

November 27, 9.44 pm: Her sister finds Disha’s phone switched off

 

November 28, 3 am: Disha’s kin files police complaint

 

November 28, 5 am: Passer-by finds her charred body

 

November 29: Four accused – Areef, Navin, Siva, Chennakeshavulu held

 

November 30: Thousands protest at Shadnagar police station. Accused shifted to high-security Charlapally jail

 

December 1: Govt calls for fast-track court for quick trial

 

December 4: Court grants a 7-day custody of accused to police

 

December 6: Four accused killed in ‘encounter’ after they tried to escape from the crime scene, where they were brought for reconstruction of scene.

 

Published on December 06, 2019
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