India rejoiced and hailed the Hyderabad police and people woke to the news of the encounter of the four men involved in the brutal death of Priyanka Reddy. Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan, who was mocked for her comment on the public lynching of rapists last week, today expressed her support and acclaimed the killing of four rape and murder accused by the police.
Jaya Bachchan was walking outside parliament when she was asked by reporters for a comment on the incident. She said, “Der aaye durust aaye (better late than never).”
The four men, Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) had allegedly raped, murdered and set on fire a 26-year-old veterinarian in Telangana. In today’s encounter, they were shot dead at 3 am after they tried to run away. According to the police, the accusers tried to snatch weapons from the policemen and escape and they had to fire in self-defence.
The accused were brought to the same place where they had committed the crime. They reconstructed the sequence of events as part of the investigation.
Earlier, an agitated Jaya Bachchan had said, “These types of people (the rape accused in the Telangana case) need to be brought out in public and lynched,” Ms. Bachchan said, adding, “I think it is time… the people want the government to give a proper and definite answer” in the parliament.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve stood and spoken after this kind of crime. I think it is time… whether Nirbhaya or Kathua or what happened in Telangana… I think the people now want the government to give a proper and definite answer,” Jaya told the Rajya Sabha.
“What has the government done? How have they tackled it? How has justice been done for the victims? I am not taking names… but shouldn’t the security be held responsible? I feel only one day earlier something similar happened in that area in Telangana… why wasn’t this stopped?” she continued.