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Vet rape: Twitter explodes, saner voices condemn 'lynch mob' police

Police said the accused were taken to the crime scene where they tried to flee
Policemen stand guard the area where four accused in the rape and murder case of a woman veterinarian were shot dead by police, at Shadnagar of Ranga Reddy district in Hyderabad, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019

The Telegraph And PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 06.12.19, 08:04 AM

The rape and murder case of the veterinarian that happened last month at Shadnagar near Hyderabad took an unexpected turn early Friday morning as people woke up to the news of the four accused being killed in an encounter with police claiming that they were trying to escape.

Early morning, they were scenes of celebration in the nation as people burst crackers and congratulated the police for delivering “justice” to the veterinarian.


The four men, all lorry workers, aged between 20 and 24, were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body.

They were taken to the crime scene on Friday morning by the police as part of the investigation, a source said.

'They fired upon the police team and we retaliated in self-defence. Two of our men were also injured in the incident,' a source told PTI.

At the same time, many took to Twitter and other means to raise questions on the manner of the encounter, saying that police are acting like “lynch mobs”.

The police cannot act like a lynch mob under any circumstances, said several rights, adding that the encounter was an attempt by authorities to distract people from the government's failures to safeguard women's rights.

Twitter was abuzz with scores of tweets expressing anger over the encounter.

While author Anand Ranganathan said that people need to choose between “law and lawlessness,” another journalist-cum-author Nilanjana Roy advised people to refrain from “extra-judicial measures.”

Activist Tehseen Poonawalla raised suspicion on the manner the encounter was done. Another Twitter user said she finds no “catharsis” in the encounter as she thought she would if rapists are shot and killed.

Many other Twitterati vociferously condemned the incident.

Among those who condemned the encounter was National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma, who had demanded death penalty for the accused, said it should have come through proper judicial channels.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was also among those who expressed a voice of reason and said, 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.”

Lawyer and rights activist Vrinda Grover termed the incident 'absolutely unacceptable'.

The parents of Nirbhaya, the victim of 2012 Delhi gangrape, welcomed the encounter, saying the parents of the veterinarian did not have to wait for justice to be meted out.

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