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Hyderabad encounter: Politicians, celebrities react on killing of four men accused of rape in India

Published on December 6, 2019 at 12.39

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Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who allegedly raped and killed a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad, drawing applause from her family and many Indians outraged by a fresh series of crimes against women. Here are some of the reactions to the killings:
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“It is wrong and loaded to call these ‘encounter killings.’ These are more like ‘custodial killings.’ The rape/murder accused had been placed by the court in lawful Hyderabad police custody which also implies the state’s protection.”” - Shekhar Gupta, Senior Indian Journalist (Source: Twitter)
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“Bravo Telangana Police. My congratulations!” - Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood Actor (Source: Tweet)
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“You can’t take the law in your own hands. The courts would’ve ordered them (the accused) to be hanged anyway. If you’re going to shoot them with guns before due process is followed, then what’s the point of having courts, police and law?” Maneka Gandhi, Member of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party (Source: ANI)
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“Great work #hyderabadpolice ..we salute u” - Saina Nehwal, Indian Badminton Player, Olympian (Source: Tweet)
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“We need to know more, for instance if the criminals were armed, the police may have been justified in opening fire preemptively. Until details emerge we should not rush to condemn. But extra-judicial killings are otherwise unacceptable in a society of laws.” - Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Indian National Congress (Source: Tweet)
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“I’d like to advise the police of Uttar Pradesh to learn from the Hyderabad police.” - Mayawati, Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh State (Source: ANI)
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“Thank you Hyderabad Police. This is the way to deal with rapists. Hope Police of other states will learn from you.” - Kapil Mishra, Bharatiya Janata Party Politician (Source: Twitter)
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“This is a very good step taken for our country, I felt really good when I read this news in the morning. The soul of the rape victim must be at peace now. Her family must be at peace. Such encounters should be made legal,” Locket Chatterjee, Member of Parliament, Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (Source: ANI )
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“I congratulate the Hyderabad police and the leadership that allows the police to act like police. Let all know this is the country where good will always prevail over evil. (Disclaimer for holier than thou - police acted swiftly in self defence)” - Rajyavardhan Rathore, Member of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party (Source: Twitter)
 
 
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