Fake Encounter Killing of the Four Accused in Disha’s Gang Rape and Killing is absolutely reprehensible Severely condemn this barbarous police raj! Arrest all police men responsible for gruesome murder!

Telengana police have claimed that the four youth accused of raping and killing Disha in Hyderabad were shot dead in an encounter at 3 am today. According to police, the accused were taken from Cherlapally Central Prison to Chatanpally, 50 km from Hyderabad, where they had burnt the woman’s body, for “crime reconstruction”, when they allegedly tried to attack the police and escape, and they opened fire in self-defence, killing them! It is surprising why “reconstructing” the crime in the middle of the night, and how the hand cuffed youth could attack the armed police and injure them! It shows, police has taken over right to judge the case and punish the alleged culprits; it is nothing but police raj! We severely condemn it.

When Disha was gang raped and murdered, vast numbers of people continued protesting for days, demanding the arrest and punishment of the culprits as fast as possible. At the same time, the fact that these type of attacks on women and even small girls are increasing day by day as a result of prevailing patriarchy, male chauvinism and reducing women’s status to a commodity to satisfy men’s lust under the manuvadi values sought to be made hegemonic. So, while the culprits should be arrested and most severely punished fast, emphasis should be given to change the prevailing the existing barbarous socio-cultural system and economic factors which lead even youth and young boys to indulge in these heinous acts.

But what is happening? In parliament itself some irresponsible MPs, sensationalizing the issue are calling for mob lynching and castration of the culprits! Such forces refuse to see how the system, the police and administration, is nakedly helping the rapists, as is happening in the case of the Unnao victim, who was not given any protection while the accused were released on bail, helping them to burn the victim to prevent her from giving statement before the magistrate! Every where this is happening, either the police refuse to even file FIR when rapes are reported, or not investigated properly, harass the victim and help the culprits in most cases to escape. Who knows, this Hyderabad action by police is to sabotage the investigation, to conceal the real reasons for this gruesome act and to save the powerful men behind it?

The truth should come out. A thorough and urgent investigation is needed. Who gave orders to the police to resort to this fake encounter killing should be brought out? The authorities should be asked whether they are going deal such cases in this manner. Knowing fully well any form of investigation may not leave to real truth under existing system, still we demand a time bound urgent enquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court with CBI doing the investigation. At the same time, we call for militant protests against the fake encounter killing, and condemnation of police raj, fascistization of the ruling system, making it more anti-women, and anti-people under decadent feudal, manuvadi value system.

KN Ramachandran,
General Secretary
CPI(ML) Red Star