TELANGANA Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday directed officials to ensure that the accused in woman veterinarian’s gang-rape and murder are tried in a fast track court and the culprits get stringent punishment. In his first reaction since the ghastly crime on the outskirts of Hyderabad on November 27, the Chief Minister expressed his deep anguish. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, decided to set up a fast track court to deal with the case.
He asked the officials concerned to take measures in this regard. He noted that in the case relating to rape and murder of a minor girl in Warangal, setting up of the fast track court ensured the verdict in 56 days, and in the young veterinarian’s case too, the verdict should come quickly. The CM announced that the Government would extend all the necessary help and support to members of the victim’s family.
According to CM’s Office, he was upset that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are living amidst us. He termed the incident gruesome and inhuman. Police on November 29 arrested four truck drivers and cleaners for the gruesome crime, which sent shock waves across the country and evoked huge public outrage. Protests were held in several parts of the country.
Parents of accused gripped by shock
FEAR and shock have gripped the families of the accused in the brutal rape and murder of a woman veterinarian as they struggle to come to terms with the situation. The family members of the three accused Mohammad alias Areef, Chennakesavulu and Siva were shell-shocked on hearing about the alleged involvement of their kin in the incident that has sparked a national outrage.
Caught in sudden public glare and aware of the sentiments against their wards, their parents, hailing from a poor financial background, said appropriate punishment should be given to their sons. “You give whatever punishment you want. I have a daughter too,” the mother of Chennakesavulu, one of the four accused, told mediapersons in their native village in Telangana.
“You hang him, kill him or shoot him dead will you listen if I say I want my son back.Wont the others say that if you (mother) have so much pain, would not the burnt woman have the same pain”, she said. She was responding to questions about the demand that the accused be hanged to death. The woman claimed Chennakesavulu has not been taking up any work in view of his poor health for the last six months. Maintaining that they led a disciplined life, another family member of Chennvakesavulu said they were not able to face people after the incident. The mother of another accused Siva also said any appropriate punishment should be given to him for his crime. You do anything. God only knows, she said. The parents of the first accused Mohammad said their son had come home on the night (November 28) and told them that an accident had happened.