New Delhi: Human rights organisation the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) has raised questions with regard to the encounter that took place in Telangana early Friday, in which four accused in the Cyberabad woman veterinarian rape and murder case were killed.

The PUCL has asked several questions with regard to the encounter that has evoked sharp reactions from both the sides – who support the police action and those who are against it.

First question

The police was recreating crime scene by 50 or more Telangana policemen at 3 am. Why at 3 am, PUCL asked.

Second question

The accused were in police custody for seven days. They were not armed at all obviously. They were taken to the crime scene handcuffed and with faces covered. There is no other way that they were being taken to the crime scene. Then how did they run away, freeing themselves from the police? PUCL asked in a release.

Third question

Did the four accused open fire at the police which made the cops retaliate? What was the provocation?

Fourth question

The accused were not carrying arms. The police, if at all required to fire, should have taken aim at the below-knee area and immobilized them. Why were they shot at vital organs?

The PUCL has dubbed the encounters as a planned murder and demanded that an FIR should be registered against the cops.

“The killer policemen have to be tried. This is pure murder with impunity,” the body said. It added that a judicial enquiry into the matter should be ordered immediately.

“Those arrested with memo and with remand are unsafe in the hands of the police, leave alone those detained illegally,” it said.

The PUCL further called for refraining from “glorifying these policemen”.

“The police have committed a murder – a planned murder. It is a lynching for a blood baying public to glorify the murder, to make a spectacle of them,” the PUCL said.

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