While scores of people gathered near the site of the reported encounter to celebrate, some cautioned against such police action.

news Encounter Friday, December 06, 2019 - 11:58

Celebrations broke out in various parts of Hyderabad after the four accused in the gangrape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian were killed in a reported encounter on Friday morning. 

Scores of people gathered near the site of the reported encounter, about 500 metres from the Chatanpally underpass where the burnt body of 26-year-old Disha (name changed) had been found. The bodies of the four accused are reportedly still there. 

While the police have blocked the highway, the crowd has been showering flowers on the location where Disha’s body was found. The crowd has also been celebrating the deaths by bursting fireworks near the underpass, which the police have now told people to stop.

A few days ago, the same police force had come under massive criticism for turning away the vet's parents citing jurisdiction. A policeman had also suggested that she may have left her house voluntarily.

The crowd even lifted a few police officers on their shoulders, and shouted slogans of Jai Telangana Police’, ‘Police zindabad’. Slogans of ‘Jarigindi jarigindi nyayam jarigindi (Justice has been served) and ‘CP Zindabad’ were also heard. 

The atmosphere outside Disha’s home was also jubilant, with neighbours and friends distributing sweets. Crackers were also burst to celebrate. With the entire neighbourhood gathered outside the home, slogans of “Telangana police ki jai ho,” rang in the air. The Telangana police were praised for their actions, and the public believes that the swift action was correct. 

Indicative of the mood that the public may have lost faith in the judiciary, neighbours outside Disha’s home said that they did not expect the police to react and “serve justice” so quickly. 

Speaking to TNM, one of Disha’s neighbours said, “This should set a precedent for all other crimes in the country and deter men from even thinking about committing such heinous crimes. We hope this has brought peace to Disha's soul. We also understand that the parents of the accused are under extreme pain, but that doesn't reduce the severity of what the accused have done. If you have committed a crime, you should definitely be punished.”

On November 27, Disha, a 26-year-old veterinarian doctor from Hyderabad was gangraped and killed allegedly by the four-member gang, who are natives of Narayanpet district, at Thondupally toll gate on Outer Ring Road, Shamshabad.

The four accused were shot dead in the same place where Disha's body was burnt after she was gangraped. They had been taken to the scene of the crime at Chatanpally, nearly 50 km away from Hyderabad, on Thursday to collect evidence of the crime. The reported encounter surfaced on Friday morning.

Though there were celebrations, many have also questioned the killings. Many also denounced the notion that extrajudicial killings would curb crime in the country, and questioned the legalities of skirting the justice system in favour of 'vigilante justice'.

We talk about ensuring immediate prosecution so an offender isn't emboldened to commit the same crime again. We need to apply this to criminal cops, emboldened by a blood-crazed public, as well. https://t.co/SH23wt8IBy

— Rukmini S (@Rukmini) December 6, 2019

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