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Hyderabad Encounter LIVE Reaction: Hyderabad rape accused shot dead in Telangana

Hyderabad Encounter LIVE Reaction: Hyderabad rape accused shot dead in Telangana :- All the four men accused in the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Telangana were shot dead in the early hours of Friday by the police, who claimed that they were trying to escape during investigations at the spot where the woman’s body was found.

Hyderabad Encounter LIVE Reaction

According to the police, the four men named Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), had been taken to the scene of the crime at 3 am for a reconstruction. They were at the spot near the bridge where the burnt body of the woman was found, around 50 km from Hyderabad, when as per the police claim, one of the men signalled to the others, possibly to escape.

The police also claimed that they fired in self-defence after two of the men attacked them, snatched their weapons and fired.

Meanwhile, a huge crowd gathered on the bridge overlooking the spot and flashed thumbs-up signs at the police while some showered flowers.

Hyderabad Encounter LIVE Updates

Below are the updates of the same.

At 8:21 AM, the top police officials, including Cyberabad Commisioner of Police VC Sajjanar, have reached the spot where the incident took place.

Meanwhile, Asha Devi, the mother of the victim in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, said she was “very happy”. While thanking the police, she said, at least one girl got justice.

At 8:24 AM, in a tweet that was deleted later, “Justice Delivered,” wrote entrepreneur Kiran Majumdar Shaw after all four accused in the rape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian were killed in an encounter with the Telangana Police in the early hours of Friday.

The BJP’s Kapil Mishra, a Delhi leader formerly with the Aam Aadmi Party, thanked the Telangana police in a tweet. “This is the way to deal with rapists,” he wrote. “Hope police of other states will learn from you.”

At 8:40 AM, students in Hyderabad seen rejoicing the news of the death of four accused for the rape and murder of the 26-year-old vet

At 8:50 AM, the father of the 26-year-old woman veterinarian responded to the killings of the accused in a police encounter, expressing his gratitude towards Telangana government. ” This is not justice…our daughter is lost to us forever. But, this is relief,” he says. “Police had told us they will take immediate action. And they did.”

Meanwhile, the victim’s sister says she is “very happy,” adding that the police’s action will serve as an example.

At 9:00 AM, Badrinath Singh, the father of the victim in the 2012 gang rape case, says the Hyderabad vet’s family has been spared the ordeal he and his wife, Asha Devi, have been put through in the past seven years.

At 9:10 AM, advocate Vrinda Grover says what the police have done is “absolutely unacceptable”, and that an FIR should be registered against them. She also says there must an independent judicial enquiry.

Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, says that “encounter” killings are a blot to the system. “While I understand the urge for instant justice, this is not the way,” he writes, adding that heinous crimes like rape must be dealt with “strictly under the provisions of law”.

At 9:30 AM, reacting to the killings of the accused in the Hyderabad rape and murder case in police encounter, BSP chief Mayawati said that she wishes the police had done a better job in the Nirbhaya case as well. She said, “Rape cases are reported from across the country, especially from UP. I feel we should take strong action like this. Here, we see that rape-accused are being treated as guests and not criminals. Hope the attitude changes for the better.”

Meanwhile, the DCP Shamshabad Prakash Reddy said the accused snatched a weapon and fired at the police during the crime scene re-construction. This, Reddy said, prompted the police to fire back in self-defence, killing the four men.

At 10:00AM, the activist Trupti Desai said that the killing of four men accused of raping and murdering the Hyderabad vet, sets a “good example” in the society. She said, “Now rapists will think twice before committing a crime, they will now fear getting killed in a police encounter.”

National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma said though the women rights body wanted death penalty for the accused, it should have come through proper judicial channel. She added, “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.”

Around 10:30 AM, people gathered at the site where according to the police, the four accused were killed in an encounter, raised slogans in support of law enforcement authorities and showered them in flowers.

Later, people applaud the police action and troop the streets in celebration. In fresh visuals, people can be seen cheering as they triumphantly lift the cops in the air and parade around.

At 11:00 AM, in a video message, former Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan says that he is happy justice has been done in the Disha rape and murder case.
Former DGP of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Shesh Paul Vaidya congratulated the Hyderabad Police for taking down all accused in an encounter.He wrote, “Well done boys.”

Actor Anupam Kher’s also sent a message to the Telanagana Police via twitter. He wrote,  “Congralulations and Jai Ho”

Meanwhile, in a sharp reaction, senior lawyer Vrinda Grover said “this is unacceptable”. She wrote on Facebook, “SAY NO TO TRIGGER TRACK INJUSTICE! This is absolutely unacceptable. So all that the state will do in the name of ensuring that women live as equal and free citizens is to add to its arsenal of unlimited arbitrary violence!” While Karuna Nundy, another senior lawyer, tweeted: “Now nobody will ever know if the four men killed by the police were innocent men, arrested fast to show action. And whether four of the most brutal rapists roam free, to rape and kill more women.”

On the other hand, Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, who had earlier endorsed pubic lynching as a course of punishment for rapists, says, “Der aaye, durust aaye…bohot der aaye.”

AT 11:30 AM, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says the fact that so many people are celebrating the police encounter is telling of their diminishing faith in the Indian judiciary and investigating agencies. He said, “We need to find ways to restore faith in these agencies.”

Responding to the killing of the rape accused in police encounter, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi says, “As you sow so shall you reap…they tried to flee so police shot them.”  After the police confirmed the death of the four who allegedly raped and murdered a young vet in Hyderabad, questions were raised in the authenticity of the encounter, which the police said took place in wee hours between 3-6am. However, Lekhi dispelled all speculation on the matter. “What is wrong with recreating a crime scene at 3am, that was the tentative time of crime,” she asks.

“Law will take its own course…FIR will be registered, an inquiry will happen into police action, but one hopes this will prove to be deterrent for future rapists,” she says.

“Had the  Delhi govt swiftly disposed off Nirbhaya killers file, perhaps deterrent would have come earlier,” the BJP lawmaker adds.

Meanwhile, Baba Ramdev lauded the Hyderabad police for carrying out the “courageous” encounter . “The culprits deserved this, this is how they should be treated.” He said that justice in such cases should be delivered “on the spot” and that “all police personnel should adopt this method.”

AT 12:00 PM, while responding to the news of police killing four accused of raping and murdering a young woman vet in Hyderabad in an encounter, union minister Maneka Gandhi says that it is a very “dangerous” thing to have happened. She said, “Those people were in any case going to get hanging as punishment for the heinousness of their crime. But you cannot kill people because you want to.”

At 12:15 PM, the Ministry of Home Affairs seeks a report from the Telangana government on the police encounter in which the four men accused of raping and murdering a 26-year-old vet in Hyderabad were killed. The sources aware of the development said that since the police action is a case of killing in custody, as per the existing guidelines the state is now obligated to apprise the NHRC via MHA.

Meanwhile, after the dramatic developments of today morning, Parliament convenes for the ongoing winter session on a shrill note with Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary speaking on the growing incidents of rape cases in India.

The country’s reality, he says, is such, that “on one side there is Ram temple being built and on next Sita is being burned,” the Congress leader says. His comments spark outrage among the parliamentarians as BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi objects, stating such matters should be dealth with sensitivity.

Chowdhary goes on to extend his support to police action in the Hyderabad rape and murder case. Referring to the Unnao rape case in which a woman was burnt by men who had earlier raped her, the MP says, “Hyderabad police encountered all those accused who tried to run and UP police left all those accused, this is the difference.”

At 12:50 PM, another discrepancy and loophole has been spotted in the police narrative on the time of the encounter. N Prakash Reddy, a deputy commissioner of police in Shamshabad, near Hyderabad said, “In the morning, at around 6-6.30, our persons have come to reconstruct the scene of crime and the accused have tried to snatch their weapons, and there was a cross-fire. In this, all the four accused have died. Two policemen have been injured.”

Earlier a local police official had put the time of the deaths at around 3:30 AM. However, here was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.