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India divided over Hyderabad encounter
Deshsangbad Desk
Published : Friday, 6 December, 2019 at 5:13 PM, Update: 10.12.2019 10:34:00 AM

Politicians and locals, as well as the victim's family, have praised the Indian police who shot dead all four accused in the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young Hyderabad veterinarian.

The Indian police shot the four men dead Friday morning, thus drawing applause from her family and citizens outraged over crimes against women

Following the killings of the accused, a few politicians came forward saying that they deserved to be shot dead. However, there were some who also condemned the police for the act, reports The Statesman.

YSR Congress Party leader Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Raju said: “God has been kind that they were shot dead,” adding that it was a good lesson for many.

“They tried to run away and they were killed. No NGO should oppose it and if they do so, they are anti-national,” he said.

In a tweet posted in Hindi, lauding the Telangana Police, Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti said: “This is the biggest incident of this century that will guarantee women’s safety.”

The victim's neighbours celebrated the news by offering sweets to the policemen, who executed the encounter killing.

However, a difference of opinion also arose among all the celebration and cheers, which criticized the Indian police for carrying out this killing, The Statesman reported.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his concern over the fact that most people are applauding the murder, stating that this shows that people have lost their faith in the criminal justice system.

He urged all the governments to unite in order to take steps for strengthening the criminal justice system.

Terming extra judicial killings unacceptable, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted: "Agree in principle. We need to know more, for instance, if the criminals were armed, the police may have been justified in opening fire preemptively.

"Until details emerge we should not rush to condemn. But extra-judicial killings are otherwise unacceptable in a society of laws."

Condemning the encounter, BJP MP and former union minister Maneka Gandhi said: “Jo bhi hua hai bohot bhayanak hua hai is desh ke liye (whatever happened is dangerous for the country), you cannot kill people because you want to. You cannot take law in your hands; they (accused) would have been hanged by Court anyhow.”

She further said: “If justice will be served through the trigger, then what is the need of courts and police in this country?”

During the past week, thousands of Indians have protested in several cities following the alleged rape and murder of the veterinarian.

The woman, who cannot be named under Indian law, had left home for an appointment on her motor-scooter and later called her sister to say she had a flat tyre. She said a lorry driver had offered to help and that she was waiting near a toll plaza.

Local media said she was taken behind a line of trucks, raped and asphyxiated and her dead body then set ablaze on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Four men aged between 20 and 28 years were arrested.

Her family welcomed the news of the killings of the alleged perpetrators.


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