All the four accused of the Hyderabad veterinary doctor rape case got killed in an encounter with police. Police chief of Cyberabad VC Sajjanar said ,” We had to fire in retaliation after the accused started hitting us with stones and sharp objects and snatched our weapons”. People showered flowers on the police officers . After seeing that I cried , the land where that girl was raped was covered with flower petals.
Member of parliament Jaya Bachhan reacted to this incident,” Der aye durust aye” (better late than never). Parents of the rape victim felt happy and praised policemen. Swati Maliwal who is on hunger strike at Rajghat demanding that there should be a definite time frame in rape cases in which justice should be delivered like six months or so, otherwise people lose faith in the judiciary and that same would have been felt by those policemen who killed those rape culprits in an encounter. BJP MLA Raja Singh praised the policemen for this action and congratulated them and said not to worry about the enquiry and he further said there should be no enquiry for this, every Indian is with you.
Samajwadi party leader Mayawati said that UP police and Delhi police should learn from this while talking on Unnao rape case in which a girl who was going to the court but burnt on the way. She further said that this is the ’jungle raj ’in UP now.And UP police tweeted in the answer that Jungle Raj is a thing of past. No longer now ,103 criminals killed and 1859 injured in 5178 police engagements in the last more than 2 years .
If you go to the Wikipedia encyclopedia then it is written there that after Yogi Adityanath became chief minister of UP number of police encounters shoot up. We all know that in Punjab during terrorism many fake police encounters were done by the police to kill the militants. Actually these are called extra judicial killings. Justice Markanday Katju who got retired from Supreme Court in 2011 argues in the Hyderabad incident that it seems evident the ‘encounter was fake’.
Article 21 of the constitution states, “No person will be deprived of his life or personal liberty except in accordance with the procedure established by law.”
This means that before depriving a person of his life the state is required to put up that person on trial in accordance with the provisions of the CrPC. In that trial the accused must be informed of the charges against him , and then given an opportunity to defend himself (through counsel) and only then if found guilty, can he be convicted and executed. Thus such encounters are totally unconstitutional.
In Prakash Kadam vs Ramprasad Vishwanath Gupta 2011 case the apex court observed that fake encounters by the police are nothing but cold blooded murders and those committing them must be given death sentence, treating them in the category of rarest of rare cases.
This Hyderabad encounter is also reminding me fake encounters like Ishrat Jahan encounter case. Is this Hyderabad incident is justifying all the police encounters?
I am thinking that whether those policemen acted like policemen on that spot or they acted like father or brother of the raped girl? Is it a really a praise worthy action by the police? But justice delayed is denied and our judicial system’s sluggishness justifies this kind of action by the police . I think that’s why , Cyberabad police chief VC Sajjanar said,
“ Law has done its duty. That’s all I can say.”
6th December 2019
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