Protests erupted outside a police station in Hyderabad on Saturday (November 30), where the four youth accused of rape and murder of a woman veterinarian are lodged. The protesters, including activists, raised slogans demanding severe punishment for the accused.
This comes two days after the charred body of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian was found in Shamshabad near Hyderabad on Thursday. Subsequently, the four accused were arrested on Friday and remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody on Saturday.
The executive magistrate passed the order at the Shadnagar police station as the accused could not be produced before court following the presence of a restive crowd in front of the station demanding that the accused be handed over to them.
The protesters, who gathered outside the police station on Saturday, raised slogans against the accused and some of them even demanded that the accused be handed death penalty.
“It is not enough if they are taken to court. They should be handed out the same treatment what they had done to the victim,” said a man. “If you cannot do it, hand them over to us,” added another.
Police had to use mild force to control the crowd, police sources said. Stones were also hurled at a police vehicle as they were being taken to a jail in Hyderabad. The police assured the agitators that they would ensure 100 per cent conviction of the accused and requested the crowd to cooperate with them.
Police said the protests broke out in the morning and continued till the evening. The crowd later dispersed. Protests were also held by different student groups and others at various places in the state demanding tough punishment to the accused, said media reports.
Meanwhile, the doctors, who conducted medical tests on the accused as per procedures, told reporters the condition of the accused was normal. The local bar association has resolved not to offer any legal assistance to the accused in the case.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday assured the family of the victim that “constitutionally and legally” she would do everything to ensure that they get justice soon. She said she had sent a note to the state government on setting up of a fast-track court to try the case.
(With inputs from agencies)