Hyderabad: The encounter killing of four suspects, accused of the gang-rape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian doctor raises troublesome questions. \n\n\n\n\u201cThey fired upon the police team and we retaliated in self-defense,\u201d unidentified officials told PTI. \u201cTwo of our men are also injured in the incident.\u201d\n\n\n\nWere the accused proved guilty? \n\n\n\nThe local police claim that the four accused, had tried to flee the site. To believe this, we only have the word of the cops who were present. There is neither any video footage of them fleeing nor any judicial trial so far has taken place. The evidence against the four was still to be put through a judicial process that could have put all proof to legal scrutiny. \n\n\n\nDid the police pick the right people? \n\n\n\nThey weren\u2019t caught committing the heinous crime. That being the case, we now have to believe that the police have arrested the actual perpetrators and not just four people whom they can pin the crime on.\n\n\n\nInvestigators can only accuse, it is the courts that decide whether the\naccusation is accurate. Can\nthe police simply pick up men from vulnerable\ncommunities and accuse them of the crime in order to assuage public outrage.\n\n\n\nThe Ryan International murder, for example, in which Haryana Police said a bus conductor, had confessed to murdering a Class 2 student in 2017. When the Central Bureau of Investigation took over the case, however, it said that the conductor had been framed and instead took into custody a Class 9 student, a juvenile, who reportedly murdered the young boy. \n\n\n\nWas the police force frail? \n\n\n\nThe accused had been in custody for a week, one in which there was tremendous scrutiny on the police\u2019s actions. They were not on the run. Were the police so incompetent that when they were being taken to the scene of the crime at 3:30 am the accused was able to get away and get their hands on police weapons?\n\n\n\nNot to forget, this case began with the police refusing to file a First Information Report, citing jurisdictional issues and also insisting that something else may have been involved.\n\n\n\n\u201cThe police spoke to us very rudely, in a disgusting manner. They kept saying she would have gone with someone. I kept saying my daughter is not like that, but they didn\u2019t listen,\u201d the woman\u2019s mother told The NewsMinute.\n\n\n\nHer\nsister also said that the police insisted that the woman had eloped, and did\nnot take the missing person complaint seriously, meaning they did not search\nthe area where she was last seen. If they had, might the woman have been\ndiscovered earlier?\n\n\n\nThe BJP leaders who label the encounter as \u201cjustice-delivered\u201d must know this encounter can trigger demands for instant death, without trial, for an MLA of their party in Uttar Pradesh accused of rape. Not to forget men involved in the Kathua rape case.