The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has condemned the brutal killing of a lawyer couple in Telangana on February 17 and urged Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to ensure the arrest of assailants at the earliest.
G Vaman Rao and PV Nagamani were pulled out of their vehicle on a busy highway in Telangana Wednesday afternoon and hacked to death.
"The SCBA condemns the gruesome brutal killing of advocates Shri Gattu Vaman Rao and his wife PV Nagamani in broad daylight and in public view in Telengana. The planned killings of these advocates who took up matters in the public interest has shaken the entire legal fraternity and left the community numbed...," SCBA Acting Secretary Rohit Pandey said in a statement.
The bar body said such "macabre incidents" do not augur well for a free and independent democracy where the rule of law guarantees the right to profess a profession without fear or favour.
"We call upon the Chief Minister of Telangana and the Police Commissioner to probe into the incident and arrest the accused at the earliest," the statement said.
Lawyers across Telangana took the streets in protest against the brutal killing. The protests were in response to a c all given by the Telangana Bas Associations. They demanded strong action against the killers and also drafting a special act for the protect of lawyers.
The lawyer couple, G Vaman Rao and PV Nagamani, were waylaid and hacked to death by armed assailants. The couple were returning from Manthani court after attending a hearing. The incident happened on the Peddapalli highway.
The Ramagundam police arrested three people on Thursday in connection with the brutal murder. TRS local leader Kunta Srinivas, Shivandula Chiranjeevi and Akkapaka Kumar were the three who were arrested. Bittu Srinivas was also arrested for providing a car and for making other arrangements for the accused.