Hyderabad Encounter – NHRC Starts Investigation Against Cyberabad Police

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) started an investigation against the Cyberabad Police personnel who killed the four accused in the Disha rape and murder case.

On the 6th of December,  a Cyberabad Police team killed all the four accused in an encounter, when they were trying to escape during an interrogation.  The encounter took place at the National Highway (NH) 44, Hyderabad, where the accused kidnapped, raped and burnt Disha alive. 

According to the Police, they took the culprits for a recreation of the incident at the crime scene.  However, when the culprits tried to escape and opened fire at the officers, the Police had no choice but to kill them.

While the encounter was applauded by a majority of Indians, activists, some lawyers and a few others condemned the Police’s  actions and filed a case against them.

The NHRC took a suo moto case against the Telangana Police for the extra judicial killings and formed an investigation team for the same.

On the 8th of December, a seven member team of the NHRC recorded the statements of  Disha’s family members. The NHRC members asked questions about the incident and also sought answers, whether the police followed  their procedures or not and other details of the events after Disha spoke to her sister and others.

During the investigation, Disha’s parents spoke about the difficulties they faced to reach  the place where the accused raped and burnt Disha. Though the NHRC team wanted to visit Disha’s house to  speak in detail, they could not do so due to the protests going on outside Disha’s residence.

After the encounter, a group of people gathered outside Disha’s house and staged a dharna against the NHRC for filing a case against the Cyberabad Police team for killing the accused in the encounter. 

Moving ahead with their probe, on the 9th of December, the NHRC team is scheduled to visit the hospital where the injured officers are admitted.

 Sub Inspector (SI) Venkateshwarlu and constable Arvind Goud sustained injuries during the encounter.

An investigation is underway to determine whether the step taken by the Telangana Police was necessary.


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