SC team begins probe into Disha case encounter

Hyderabad: A month after the Supreme Court of India ordered a judicial enquiry into killing of four accused allegedly involved in the rape and murder of veterinarian Disha, a team headed by retired Supreme Court Justice V.S. Sirpurkar arrived in Hyderabad on Monday. 

The commission of enquiry has started functioning from the Telangana High court premises.

 The judicial team has been provided Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) security cover. Saying there should be an “impartial enquiry” into the alleged encounter killing of four accused in the rape-and-murder case of a veterinarian, the Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde on December 12 ordered a judicial enquiry into the alleged encounter.

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The Apex court in its direction asked the panel to conclude its investigation within six months and submit a report.

Disha was allegedly gang-raped, murdered and later her dead body was set ablaze at Shadnagar. The four men–Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chenna Keshavulu, Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen—hailing from Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district,  were killed on December 6, when police had taken them to the crime scene for reconstruction and retrieval of material evidence.

The police claimed that the accused attacked officers with sticks and stones and snatched away firearms from them. They were killed in retaliatory firing, the Cyberabad police said.

After hearing the two public interest litigations seeking an independent probe into the deaths, CJI ordered a judicial enquiry and asked the Telangana Government to provide the entire infrastructure to investigating panel to establish its office and also the transportation. 

The panel will soon visit the encounter site and also summon those policemen who were part of the encounter team. 

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