Hyderabad: A week after Cyberabad police arrested the four accused in the Disha case, the four rapists have been shot dead in a police encounter at Shadnagar on December 6. Cyberabad police, in the wee hours of Friday, had shot dead the veterinarian doctor Disha’s rapists while they were recreating the crime scene as part of the investigation.

The parents of the vet doctor have expressed their satisfaction with the new turn of events. Showing their gratitude towards the police and the government, the father said, “My daughter’s soul must be at peace now,” while speaking to a news agency.

As Twitter woke up to this shocking news on November 6, netizens expressed mixed reactions. Most of them took to Twitter to express their jubilation, saying that “instant justice” has been done. Some Twitter users have hailed Cyberabad Commissioner of Police, VC Sajjanar for taking up the ‘bold move’. Calling VC Sajjanar an “encounter specialist”, some citizens have brought up his past cases to show how this is a pattern with the cop.

Celebrities like Nagarjuna Akkineni have also come out in support of the ‘encounter’ saying justice has been served.

 

Earlier, in the year 2008, the police had shot dead three accused in an acid attack case, when VC Sajjanar was the police Commissioner of Warangal. The encounter had taken place near Mamnoor in Warangal. Human rights activists had then cried foul over the encounter and criticised it as an extra-judicial killing. Twitter users did not fail to notice this, in bringing up how this was expected in this case as well. Several tweeples have come out in support of the encounter, saying that justice has been served to the 26-year-old vet doctor, who had been gang-raped and murder on November 27.

However, many other netizens have condemned the ‘encounter’ act by saying that it is against democracy. Some others have called it a fake encounter, after hearing the police version which says that the four accused ‘tried to escape’.  A Twitter user, Shama Mohamed highlighted that a society cheering for encounters is a worrying sign, especially in a democracy.
“Every Indian wanted the guilty in the #DishaCase to be brought to justice. But when an #Encounter is cheered, its a very worrying sign for society. Why did #telanganapolice not take adequate security measures while transporting the accused, especially in such a high profile case?”

 

Meanwhile, #JusticeForDisha, #Encounter, #DishaCase and #HumanRights have been the top trends on Twitter, as of morning on November 6.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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