Murder Trial For Cops Who Encountered 4 Rape Accused In 2019: Supreme Court Commission

The police encounter of the accused in the 2019 shocking gang rape and murder of a woman in Hyderabad, according to a Supreme Court-appointed Justice Sirpurkar panel, was a fake.

Three of the four rape and murder suspects murdered in the encounter, according to the three-member panel led by an ex-chief justice, were minors. In its findings to the Supreme Court, the panel recommended that the accused police officers be tried for murder.

In November 2019, a 26-year-old veterinary doctor was raped and murdered in Shamshabad, near Hyderabad, causing a national outcry.

The killing of the four suspects in police custody was named the “Disha encounter.” To protect her identity, authorities gave the raped and murdered victim the name Disha. She was a veterinary assistant surgeon at a state-run hospital when the four men attacked her one night.

The four men had raped and suffocated the woman before loading her body onto a truck and burning it beneath a bridge later that night. As the incident caused widespread outcry, the Telangana police were under pressure to act quickly and impose punishment based on a speedy court trial.

On December 6, 2019, all of the suspects were slain in police custody under a bridge on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad national highway. The suspects reportedly seized pistols and assaulted officers, according to the police. According to the Cyberabad Police, all four culprits were shot dead in the ensuing gunfight. Thousands around the country applauded the’swift justice’ in the form of the accused’s death, despite the fact that many saw the ‘Disha encounter’ as an extrajudicial execution.

The Supreme Court established the Justice Sirpurkar Commission to probe the claims of extrajudicial executions by the Hyberabad Police.