'This is a lesson, if your conduct is wrong, you won’t benefit from any court trial, prison sentence or subsequent bail as the case drags on'
An Indian state minister on Saturday said that Friday’s police encounter with four men accused of raping and murdering a veterinary surgeon near Hyderabad was a lesson that if a person does something wrong, there will be an encounter, reports Scroll.in quoting NDTV.
Talasani Srinivas Yadav, southern Indian state of Telangana’s minister of Animal Husbandary and Fisheries, said, "This is a lesson. If your conduct is wrong, you won’t benefit from any court trial, prison sentence or subsequent bail as the case drags on."
"There will not be anything like that anymore. Through this, we have sent across a message that if you do something that’s so wrong and cruel, there will be an encounter."
The minister added: "This is an ideal we have set for the country. We are setting a model not just through our welfare schemes but also through our handling of law-and-order issues."
In the first such official admission of the kind, Yadav said that the credit for the encounter goes to Telangana’s Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, adding the "reconstruction of the crime scene," during which the four accused were shot dead by the police, "wouldn’t have happened without permission from above," The Indian Express reported.
He added that there was a lot of pressure on the police for immediate action and claimed that there may not have been justice if the accused had gone through due process. "That [Judicial process] will be unending, no? Indian law, Indian judicial process will go on forever," he said.
In the early hours of Friday, the Telangana Police had said the four men accused of raping and murdering a veterinarian were killed in an encounter when they were trying to flee from custody. The accused had tried to flee when they were taken to the murder site to reconstruct the crime scene and allegedly snatched a weapon and fired at the police, resulting in a cross-fire.