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All 4 Hyderabad rape, murder case accused killed in 'encounter'

Ten days after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police on Friday shot dead all the four accused in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
Ten days after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police on Friday shot dead all the four accused in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district.
 
Police said the accused were killed in retaliatory firing after they snatched weapons from the police and opened fire on them.
 
The incident occurred around 6 a.m. at Chatanpally near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
The accused were gunned down at a spot about 400 metres away from a bridge under which the accused had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said told reporters at the scene that the accused were brought to the spot around 5.45 a.m. by a 10-member police team to recover the mobile phone and other objects which they had hidden after burning the body.
 
He said the accused attacked police with stones, sticks and other sharp objects. Two of the accused also snatched firearms from policemen and opened fire.
 
"Still the police maintained restraint and ask them to surrender but they continued to fire. The police returned the fire and after a lull, when they checked they found all four dead," he said.
 
The police chief said the police found weapons in the hands of main accused Mohammed Arif and fourth accused Chennakeshavulu.
 
He said two police officers also received head injuries. However, they did not suffer bullet injuries.
 
Facing a volley of questions, the officer said the police weapons snatched by the accused were unlocked. He also said that accused were not handcuffed.
 
"Law has done its duty. That's all I can say," Sajjanar said when asked about criticism from some quarters that police took the law into its hands to kill the accused.
 
"We will submit reports to all concerned," the police chief said when asked about National Human Right Commission (NHRC) seeking report on the "encounter".
 
The four accused killed in the encounter were: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif, 26, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, 20, and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva, 20, and Jollu Naveen, 20. All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana.
 
As the news of the "encounter" spread, people gathered near the scene, off the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway. They raised slogans hailing the police.
 
Four executive magistrates conducted an inquest at the scene. The bodies were later shifted to a government-run hospital in Mahabubnagar for autopsy. They will later be handed over to their families.
 
The accused had committed the crime after trapping the accused near Tondupally toll gate on Outer Ring Road (ORR) by deflating one of the tyres of her parked scooter. When the victim came to pick up her two-wheeler, the accused approached her offering help and raped and killed her.
 
The charred body of the victim was found under the Chatanpally bridge.
 
The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day, a court in Shadnagar sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to the Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.
 
A court on December 2 had remanded the accused to the police custody for 10 days. The Police Commissioner said they interrogated the accused on December 4 and 5.
 
A massive protest was held outside the Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to the court. The protesters demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into judicial custody.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nationwide rage with demands for immediate death penalty for the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many have demanded that the accused be hanged in public.
 
Speaking in Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators involved in the horrific crime.
 
The Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial of the case.
 
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All 4 suspects in Hyderabad gang-rape, murder case shot dead

A week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town in the early hours of Friday.
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town.
 
The accused were killed when they allegedly snatched weapons from the police and tried to escape from Chatanpally near Shadnagar, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
Police sources said they were gunned down at the same spot where the accused had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
The accused were taken to the spot by the Cyberabad police for reconstruction of the crime scene as part of the investigations.
 
The four accused killed in the encounter were identified as: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from the Narayanpet district of Telangana.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar and other senior officials rushed to the "encounter" scene.
 
As the news of the "encounter" spread, people gathered near the scene on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway.
 
The four accused in the gang rape and murder case of 25-year-old veterinarian -- Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, both lorry drivers and Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen, both lorry cleaners - who were arrested on Friday night by Cyberabad Police. (File Photo: IANS)
The four accused in the gang rape and murder case of 25-year-old veterinarian -- Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, both lorry drivers and Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen, both lorry cleaners - who were arrested on Friday night by Cyberabad Police. (File Photo: IANS)
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day a court in Shadnagar had sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.
 
A court on Wednesday had remanded the accused to police custody for seven days. The police believed to have taken them into custody on Thursday. This was done secretly as police were anticipating law and order problems due to possible protest by people.
 
A massive protest was held outside Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to court. Hundreds of people demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into custody.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nation-wide rage with demands for immediate death penalty to the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many demanded that the accused be hanged in public.
 
Speaking in Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators of the horrific crime.
 
The Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial in the case.
 
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Modi invites entrepreneurs from across world to be part of India's growth story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
Modi, Ivanka Trump attend GES 2017 in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
"To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation," he said in his inaugural address at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 here, an event hosted by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.
 
The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
 
Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, is leading the US contingent to the three-day event.
 
"This event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It underlines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation," Mr. Modi said.
 
He noted that the topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment, which are important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind. 
 
"The theme 'Women First, Prosperity for All' makes this edition of GES stand out... We believe women empowerment is vital to our development," he said.
 
"Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from our women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions. Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.
 
"In India, we have provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.
 
"Here at the GES, more than 50 percent of the delegates are women. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported," he said.
 
"The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India's young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place," Mr. Modi said.
 
He said the number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any venture, in terms of outreach and job creation, he felt.
 
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He said the Government's Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online, he said.
 
He said the Government had taken several steps to improve the business environment. "The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this. We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency," he said.
 
"The process is not yet complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100th rank. We would strive towards 50th rank.  
 
"We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of upto one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned.  Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the Atal Innovation Mission and the opening of Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. 
 
"Our Mentor India initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition, 19 incubation centers have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable," he said.
 
He also mentioned Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. He said the Government now digitally provides monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.
 
"Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees, or over 10 billion dollars, have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.
 
"We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is processing almost 280 thousand transactions daily.
 
"Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.
 
"We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, the national gas grid, the national gas policy, the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, the rural and urban housing missions, and infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, and said they offered entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.
 
"Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.
 
"My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish. A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently improved this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.
 
"Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money. Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.
 
"India has improved its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country," he said.
 
Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, he said the Government had succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. 
 
"Our foreign exchange reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows," he said.
 
"I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit," he added.
 
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Hyderabad encounter: SC forms probe panel headed by ex-judge

The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted an inquiry commission headed by former Supreme Court judge V. S. Sirpurkar to conduct an inquiry into the "encounter" killing of the four men accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad.
 
The other members of the commission are former Bombay High Court judge Rekha Baldota and former CBI director D. R. Karthikeyan.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and comprising Justices S. A. Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna said, "The commission will complete the inquiry in six months...and the chairman of the commission shall fix the first date of hearing at Hyderabad."
 
The Supreme Court also stayed proceedings initiated by Telangana High Court and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) into the Hyderabad encounter. The top court said that no other courts should entertain any plea pertaining to the case.
 
The top court grilled senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Telangana government, on many aspects of the alleged encounter of the accused by the state police, and emphasised there should be an independent and unbiased inquiry into this incident.
 
The Chief Justice queried Rohatgi on the details of the circumstances which led to the police firing at the accused. "Why were the police officials, accompanying the accused to the crime scene, carrying loaded guns...why did the accused attack the policemen with stones, when they had snatched arms...Were they history sheeters?" said the Chief Justice in a volley of questions.
 
The state government counsel said the accused attempting to escape from the police custody attacked the policemen with stones, and the policemen fired in retaliation.
 
The apex court also asked the state officials to show the medical report of the injured policemen in the incident. "Why would they use stones, if they have pistols? Where is the cartridge? Who recovered it? Where are all those things kept?" reiterated the Chief Justice.
 
The Chief Justice asked Rohatgi, "Are you prosecuting the policemen?" He replied, no, as there is no reason to prosecute them at this moment. Chief Justice replied, "People should know the truth. We may order their prosecution right away. Don't resist an inquiry."
 
The Chief Justice said that the trial against accused in this case is of no consequence since all four are dead now. "They can't present their case at all. The policemen will give their evidence. Be more fair... otherwise the trial will end up being a mockery," said the Chief Justice.
 
The court observed that there was a suggestion to restrain the media from publicising the proceedings of the inquiry commission and making comments in relation to the inquiry. "We accordingly issue notice to Press Council of India," said the court.
 
The police have claimed that the four accused men had attacked the police personnel and two of them even snatched weapons and opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate. Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said that all the four died in retaliatory fire. Two policemen were also injured, but these were not bullet injuries.
 
The incident occurred early in the morning last Friday (December 6) when the police team had taken the accused to recover the victim's mobile phone and watch which they had hidden near the place where they set afire the woman's body on the intervening night of November 27 and 28.
 
The accused had allegedly gang-raped and killed the veterinarian near the outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad and dumped the body and set it afire near Shadnagar.
 
On November 29, the police arrested two truck drivers and two cleaners in connection with the case. The next day they were sent to judicial custody. The police took custody of the accused on December 3 for interrogation.
 
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SC proposes retired judge to probe Hyderabad encounter

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it proposes to appoint a retired Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the Hyderabad 'encounter' involving the shooting down by the police of four persons accused of the rape and murder of a veterinarian.
 
Chief Justice S. A. Bobde said the court had initially asked former Supreme Court judge P. V. Reddi but he had declined to be involved in this inquiry. The apex court emphasised on an independent inquiry into the matter.
 
The Telangana government said it has complied with an earlier apex court judgement which laid down guidelines in encounter cases.
 
The apex court also asked the state to propose the name of a former judge and said it will conduct further hearing in the matter on Thursday.
 
The Supreme Court earlier agreed to hear a petition against the encounter on Wednesday.
 
It had  said that it will also examine what is being monitored by the Telangana High Court.
 
The petition filed by two lawyers on Saturday seeks registration of an FIR against the policemen involved in the encounter and an independent probe into the matter.
 
Petitioners G. S. Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav have sought directions for the registration of an FIR against the cops and an investigation by CBI, SIT, CID or a team of police officials from another state into the encounter.
 
The petition urged the apex court to direct an independent investigation into the matter in accordance with the guidelines laid down in connection with investigation (in PUCL Vs State of Maharashtra) in fake encounter killings.
 
The petition alleged that it was a stage-managed encounter to shield the alleged lapses committed the by police, which led to the commission of the gruesome offence of rape and murder.
 
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SC to hear plea on Telangana encounter on Wednesday

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Wednesday a petition on the "encounter" in Telangana in which the Cyberabad police shot dead all the four men accused of gang-raping and murdering a woman veterinarian on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of Friday.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it will also examine what is being monitored by Telangana High Court. 
 
The petition filed by two lawyers on Saturday has sought registration of an FIR against the policemen involved and an independent probe into the matter.
 
Petitioners G. S. Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav sought directions for the registration of an FIR and then an investigation by the CBI, an SIT, the CID or a team of police officials from another state into the encounter.
 
The petition urged the apex court that the independent investigation agency must be directed in accordance with the guidelines laid down in the matter of fake encounter killings.
 
The petition alleged that the encounter was stage-managed to shield the alleged lapses committed by the police, which led to the commission of the gruesome offence of rape and murder.
 
The second petition filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, which is yet to be listed in the court, said that the killing of four arrested persons in police custody was allegedly committed due to political demand, and media trial raising hue and cry seeking immediate execution of the accused, without a trial, which is a serious violation of Article 21.
 
"It's a serious injury to the constitutional systems and endanger further life and liberty to the citizens of India," said Sharma in the petition.
 
The police claimed that the accused attacked the police personnel and two of them even snatched weapons and opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate. Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said that all the four died in retaliatory fire. Two policemen were also injured, but these were not bullet injuries.
 
The incident occurred early Friday when the police team had taken the accused to recover the victim's mobile phone and watch which they had hidden near the place where they set afire the woman's body on the intervening night of November 27 and 28.
 
The accused had allegedly gang-raped and killed the veterinarian near the outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad and dumped the body and set it afire near Shadnagar.
 
On November 29, the police arrested two truck drivers and two cleaners in connection with the case. The next day they were sent to judicial custody. The police took custody of the accused on December 3 for interrogation.
 
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Preserve bodies of accused till December 9, orders Telangana HC

The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the authorities to preserve, till December 9, the bodies of all four accused gunned down by the police near Shadnagar town during the investigation into the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian.
 
The court issued the direction after an emergency hearing late Friday evening. Various human rights and women's organisations made a representation in the office of the Chief Justice, requesting judicial intervention into what they called "extra-judicial killings" of the four accused.
 
The matter will come up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice R. S. Chauhan on December 9.
 
All the four accused were killed by police in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town early Friday. Police claimed that the accused snatched weapons from the police party and opened fire and, in the retaliatory fire by police, all four were killed.
 
The bodies of the four youth were shifted to a government-run hospital in Mahabubnagar, where the autopsy was done. The bodies were preserved in the hospital's mortuary.
 
Advocate General B. S. Prasad informed the High Court that a team of forensic experts from Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital conducted the autopsy and the entire process was videographed. The court directed that the video be handed over to the Mahabubnagar district judge, who, in turn, will submit the same to the bench.
 
The petition, signed by as many as 15 organisations, alleged that the encounter was carried out in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.
 
They sought autopsy by experts from New Delhi or from states other than Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They also sought orders to constitute an independent court-monitored committee to examine FIRs registered in the case, records of government vehicles used by all police officers engaged in the encounter, their call details records and the preservation of evidentiary material.
 
The groups also demanded that all police personnel who participated in the killing of four accused be immediately arrested and prosecuted. They said the investigation into this case should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) since the Telangana Police cannot be trusted to be fair in the matter.
 
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Hyderabad encounter: NHRC orders spot inquiry by its investigation team

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of four persons accused in the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad in an encounter with the police, today ordered a spot inquiry by its investigation team.
 
According to media reports, all four accused were taken at around 3:00 AM to the scene of the crime, around 60 km from Hyderabad for a re-construction as part of the investigation.
 
As per the police version, one of the accused signalled to the others, possibly to escape and they tried to snatch weapons from the police personnel.  The police fired on them and they were killed allegedly in cross-firing.
 
The Commission is of the opinion that this matter is required to be probed very carefully. Accordingly, it has asked its Director General (Investigation) to immediately send a team for an on-the-spot investigation into the matter.
 
The team of the Investigation Division of the Commission, headed by an SSP, is expected to leave immediately and submit its report at the earliest.
 
The Commission has already taken cognizance of the increasing cases of rape and sexual assault on women across the country and a detailed report has been called for from all State governments and police heads as well as from the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development.
 
The Commission has already expressed its view about the lack of Standard Operating Procedure to immediately respond to the panic situations by the police authorities. The Commission has been insisting upon all law enforcing agencies to keep human rights angle in their view while dealing with the persons arrested by them or being kept in their custody.
 
The right to life and equality before the law are the basic human rights recognized and granted by the Constitution of India, it said.
 
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1st T20I: Hetmyer, Lewis lift Windies to imposing 207/5 against India

West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his half-century during the first T20I match between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on December 6, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his half-century during the first T20I match between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on December 6, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
The West Indies on Friday posted a mammoth 207/5 for India to chase in the first T20I between the two sides at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here.
 
Shimron Hetmyer slammed 56 off 41 balls while Evin Lewis got 40 off 17 while captain Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder too used the long handle to good effect to help the visitors post an imposing total.
 
West Indies lost their first wicket early with Deepak Chahar getting Lendl Simmons to nick to Rohit Sharma at slips. However, this was followed by a 51-run stand between Lewis and Brandon King that let West Indies dominate the Powerplay overs.
 
The visitors' next big stand came between Hetmyer and Pollard. The pair added 71 runs for the fourth wicket and were saved by some uncharacteristic slackness from India in the field.
 
Hetmyer survived when his attempted sweep off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 16th over was misjudged by Washington Sundar.
 
Pollard then survived a hat-trick of dropped catches in the next over. The first was by Sundar once again, this time running in from long-on. Rohit Sharma then caught the ball momentarily on the boundary line behind the bowler but had to let go just as he went over the ropes. The next ball slipped right through his hands at long-on and went for a six in what was an otherwise regulation catch.
 
Both Pollard and Hetmyer were then dismissed in the 18th over, falling to Chahal, but Holder smashed 24 off just nine balls to ensure that the West Indies ended the innings on a high.
 
Brief scores: West Indies 207/5 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 56, Evin Lewis 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/36)
 
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All 4 accused in Hyderabad gang rape, murder case shot dead

More than a week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on Friday.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
More than a week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on Friday.
 
The accused were gunned down when they allegedly tried to snatch weapons from the police and escape. Police sources said they acted in self defence.
 
The incident occurred between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. at Chatanpally near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
The accused were gunned down about 400 meters away from a bridge under which they had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang-rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
The accused were taken to the spot by the Cyberabad police for reconstruction of the crime scene as part of the investigations.
 
The four accused killed in the encounter were: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar and other senior officials rushed to the "encounter" scene.
 
As the news of the "encounter" spread, people gathered near the scene, off the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway. They raised slogans hailing the police.
 
The accused had committed the crime after trapping the girl near a toll gate on Outer Ring Road (ORR) by deflating one of the tyres of her parked scooter. When the victim came to pick up her bike, the accused approached her, offering help, and raped and killed her.
 
The charred body of the victim was found under the Chatanpally bridge.
 
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day a court in Shadnagar sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to the Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.
 
A court on Wednesday had remanded the accused to police custody for seven days. The police are believed to have taken them into custody on Thursday. This was done secretly as the police were anticipating law and order problems due to possible protests by people against the accused.
 
A massive protest was held outside the Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to court. The protesters demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into judicial custody.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nationwide rage with demands for immediate death penalty for the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many have demanded that the accused be hanged in public.
 
Speaking in Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators involved in the horrific crime.
 
The Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial of the case.
 
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All 4 accused in Hyderabad gang-rape, murder shot dead

Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Police on Friday shot dead all four accused in the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian in an encounter near Shadnagar town.
 
The accused were killed early Friday morning when they allegedly tried to escape from Chatanpally near Shadnagar, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
They were gunned down at the same spot where the accused had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang-rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
The accused were taken to the spot for reconstruction of crime scene as part of the investigations.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nation-wide rage with demands for immediate death penalty to the perpetrators.
 
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Ready to make strictest law: Govt on Hyd rape-murder

Condemning the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad last week, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asserted that the government is ready to make strictest laws to stop such crimes in future.
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Condemning the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad last week, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asserted that the government is ready to make strictest laws to stop such crimes in future.
 
As the Deputy Leader of the House, the Minister said "no act could be as inhuman as this incident which happened in Hyderabad".
 
"Entire country is hurt. All lawmakers cutting across party lines have condemned the incident and demanded to give harsher punishment to the accused involved in the incident.
 
"After the Nirbhaya incident, a strict law was made and people thought that the number of such incidents would go down," Singh said.
 
"But, such gruesome acts have been happening continuously."
 
He told Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to hold a detailed discussion over the issue. "Keeping in sentiments of the House, the government is ready to make necessary changes in the provisions for making stricter law."
 
The Minister spoke on the issue after the opposition raised the matter for the second time in the House during Zero Hour and various leaders sought strict punishment for the culprits involved in the Hyderabad rape and murder case as well as sought to make a tough law to put a curb on such crimes.
 
Earlier, the opposition members led by the Congress raised the gang rape issue with the Speaker advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.
 
Soon after the House assembled for the day, several opposition members were on their feet seeking permission from Birla to raise the issue.
 
The gruesome rape and murder on November 27 in the Ranga Reddy district has evoked protests across the country with people demanding harsh punishment for the perpetrators.
 
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Opposition raises Hyderabad rape-murder in LS

Opposition members in the Lok Sabha led by the Congress on Monday raised the issue of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman veterinary doctor in Hyderabad with Speaker Om Birla advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.
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Opposition members in the Lok Sabha led by the Congress on Monday raised the issue of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman veterinary doctor in Hyderabad with Speaker Om Birla advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.
 
Soon after the House assembled for the day, several opposition members were on their feet seeking permission from Birla to raise the issue.
 
The Lok Sabha Speaker said the House is also concerned about the incident and that he would allow lawmakers to raise the issue after the Question Hour.
 
The gruesome rape and murder of the 27-year-old woman has evoked protests across the country with people demanding harsh punishment for the perpetrators.
 
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Hyderabad: Politicians stopped outside gang-rape, murder victim's house

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Tension prevailed near the residence of the victim of gang-rape and murder at Shamshabad here on Sunday as local residents locked the gated community to prevent politicians, police and media from entering the place.
 
'No sympathy, only action and justice' read a board hung at the gate of Nakshatra Villa, a gated community at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
'No entrance, no politicians' and 'No media, no police, no outsiders' were written on other boards as the residents locked the gate from inside.
 
The protesters sat on the road raising slogans demanding justice for the 25-year-old woman veterinarian, who was gang-raped and murdered by four truck drivers and cleaners near Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the night of November 27.
 
The protesters even forced the policemen and outsiders present in the gated community to leave. The residents were checking the identity of the visitors before allowing them in.
 
Leaders of some political parties and activists, who wanted to call on the family of the accused, had to go back without meeting the family due to the protest.
 
The protesters demanded that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao respond immediately to do justice to the victim's family.
 
They said that the family needs no sympathy from politicians and others.
 
Ministers, leaders of political parties, officials, women's groups and others visited the victim's house since Friday.
 
Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy were among key leaders who visited the victim's house on Saturday.
 
Cyberabad police on Friday arrested all four accused. The next day, they were sent to judicial custody by a magistrate, who had to be brought to police station in Shadnagar town as people demanding death for the accused had gathered outside the police station building.
 
After gang-rape and murder, the accused had dumped and set afire the girl's body near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
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3 policemen suspended in Hyderabad vet's rape and murder case

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The Cyberabad police on Saturday suspended three policemen, including a sub-inspector, for the delay in registering a missing case of a woman veterinarian, who was later found gang-raped and murdered at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Wednesday night.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said the police personnel were suspended for dereliction of duty. According to a statement from the Commissioner's office on Saturday night, a detailed inquiry has found that they delayed the registration of an FIR relating to the missing woman on the intervening night of November 27 and 28.
 
M. Ravi Kumar, Sub-Inspector of Police, Shamshabad Police Station, P. Venu Gopal Reddy and A. Sathyanarayana Goud, both head constables at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) Police Station, have been placed under suspension till further orders.
 
"All the officers of Cyberabad Police have been once again instructed to register cases irrespective of jurisdiction whenever a complaint related to cognisable offence is received in the police station," said the Commissioner.
 
The family of the victim alleged that the police did not respond quickly when they approached them to lodge the missing complaint at 11 p.m. They said the police wasted a lot of time over jurisdiction issue between two police stations besides asking them inappropriate questions.
 
According to the National Commissioner for Women, the police asked the victim's mother whether she had an affair with somebody.
 
The victim's family had approached the police one-and-half hours after she had called her sister from her mobile phone, stating that she was stranded near a toll gate at Shamshabad as her scooter tyre was punctured. The victim also told her that she was feeling frightened as the place was deserted.
 
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Charred body of another woman found in Hyderabad

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The charred body of a woman was found on Friday night in Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad, not far from the place where a woman veterinarian was gang-raped and murdered on Wednesday night.
 
According to the police, the burnt body of an unknown woman, aged between 30 and 35 years, was found near the Siddulagutta Temple road under the limits of Cyberabad Police Commissionerate. The police have sent the body for autopsy.
 
The latest incident was reported a day after the charred body of a veterinarian was found near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
Police cracked the sensational case on Friday with the arrest of four truck drivers and cleaners. They gang-raped the 25-year-old near the Tondupally toll plaza on Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad and carried the body in a truck to Shadnagar town before setting it afire.
 
The incident sent shock waves with questions being raised on women's safety. Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said the case would be tried in a fast-track court.
 
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4 held for rape, murder of Hyderabad vet

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Cyberabad Police on Friday picked up four suspects in connection with the gang rape and murder of a 22-year-old veterinarian on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday.
 
Those detained include a truck driver and a cleaner. The police suspect the girl was gang raped by the accused, who later strangulated her to death and burnt the body.
 
The Cyberabad Police officials are likely to announce the arrests and reveal the details of the case later in the day.
 
While the victim was gang raped and murdered near the Tondupally toll plaza in Shamshabad on the outskirts here, her body was dumped and burnt 25 km away at the Chatanpally Bridge in the Ranga Reddy district.
 
The incident sent shockwaves across the state, drew all round condemnation besides bringing people from all walks of life out on streets in protest against the heinous crime. They also raised the issue of law and order in the particular district.
 
Telangana Minister K. T. Rama Rao on Friday condemned the incidentand promised to personally monitor the case.
 
Rama Rao, son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, said the government would ensure that the victim gets justice at the earliest.
 
Police suspect the victim was raped and murdered by those who offered to help her in rectifying a punctured tyre of her two-wheeler.
 
The victim's clothes, footwear and a liquor bottle were recovered by the police near the toll plaza, where she had parked her scooty.
 
Ten police teams were directed immediately to crack the case after news of the crime broke.
 
According to the police, the victim had called her sister around 9.45 p.m. that her vehicle tyre was punctured and somebody has offered to help her. They had promised to take her vehicle for repair.
 
The sister, however, did mention to the police that she felt the victim was feeling threatened by some truck drivers standing nearby.
 
The victim's sister had advised her to leave the vehicle, go to the toll plaza and return home by a cab. However, when the sister later called her back, her mobile phone was switched off.
 
The family lodged a missing complaint with the police around 11 p.m.
 
The police on Thursday morning found the charred body of the victim near Shadnagar.
 
Investigations revealed that the victim had left her house in Shamshabad for Kolluru village to attend duty at the veterinary hospital. She returned in the evening at the toll plaza, parked her scooty nearby and took a cab to go to Gachibowli to visit a dermatologist.
 
When she returned at the same place around 9 p.m., she found the two-wheeler punctured.
 
Police suspect the vehicle was deliberately punctured by the culprits to trap the victim.
 
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Telangana girl raped, murdered by friend on her birthday

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A 19-year-old girl, celebrating her birthday, was raped and murdered by her friend in Telangana's Warangal Urban district on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.
 
Cracking the sensational case within a few hours, Warangal police arrested P. Sai Kumar, who roamed around the district with the dead body in his car and even bought a new dress for her and changed the blood-stained clothes to mislead the investigators.
 
The girl's body was found on Hunter Road in Hanamkonda in Greater Warangal late Wednesday night.
 
The investigations revealed that the girl, a first-year degree student, had left her house in the afternoon for a temple to offer prayers on her birthday. Sai Kumar, who was known to the girl for the last six months, called her and ask her to come to Kazipet. He later took her in his car to an isolated place, where he raped and murdered her.
 
Warangal Police Commissioner V. Ravinder told reporters that after committing the crime, Sai Kumar called his two friends for help. However, after seeing the dead body, they refused to help and returned. The accused carried the body in his car and drove around waiting for the sunset.
 
Police said he later entered Warangal town and stopped at a shop to buy new clothes for the dead body. He purchased a dress and later drove to an isolated place to change the clothes on the victim's body.
 
The accused then reached Hunter Road to dump the body and sped away. Police received the information about the body of a girl lying in the area around 10 p.m.
 
After investigations for a few hours, police arrested Sai Kumar from his native village Namiligonda in neighbouring Jangaon district.
 
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Telangana girl found murdered on birthday

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A 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered on her birthday at Hanamkonda town in Telangana, police said on Thursday.
 
The girl had left her house on Wednesday morning after informing her parents that she was going to the temple for prayers on the occasion of her birthday. When she did not return for several hours, they tried to contact her but her mobile phone was switched off.
 
Alarmed over this, the girl's parents lodged a missing complaint with the police. A police team found the girl's body on Hunter Road in the town late in the night. The body was shifted to MGM Hospital in Warangal for autopsy.
 
Police suspect the girl was raped and murdered. A special police team was pressed into service to gather clues. The investigators were also analysing the victim's call data and CCTV footage in the area.
 
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Telangana RTC employees call off strike after 52 days

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The employees of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) called off their 52-day long strike on Monday.
 
TSRTC Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Ashwathama Reddy asked all the employees to report for duty from Tuesday. He appealed the temporary drivers, conductors and other staff not to report for duty as the regular employees have decided to end the strike.
 
Nearly 50,000 employees were on strike since October 5 to press for various demands, including the demand to merge TSRTC with the government. About 1,500 employees later returned to duty following an appeal by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
 
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Car falls off Hyderabad flyover, crushes woman below

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A woman was killed and two others injured when a car fell off a flyover in Hyderabad's information technology corridor Gachibowli on Saturday, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Biodiversity Park intersection when the car lost control and hurled down from the recently-opened Biodiversity flyover, crushing a woman waiting on the footpath.
 
CCTV images show the car falling on the road and then crashing into a tree. A woman, who was waiting for an autorickshaw, was crushed under the vehicle. The car driver and another woman on the ground were also injured in the accident.
 
Such was the impact of the collision that the tree was uprooted and the car dragged on for several yards, damaging a few vehicles parked by the roadside. The images show several people, who had a narrow escape, running in panic and some passersby stopping to help the injured.
 
The injured were admitted a nearby private hospital, where the car driver's condition is stated to be critical.
 
The deceased woman has been identified as Satyamma, a resident of Manikonda area. Greater Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh for her family.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar told reporters at the accident site that the car was being driven at a speed of 99-104 km and the person driving the car lost control of the vehicle at the curve. He advised motorists not to drive the vehicles at a speed of more than 40 km.
 
This was the second disaster on the flyover, which was inaugurated earlier this month, connecting the busy IT corridors of Gachibowli and Hitec City.
 
Two youth were killed when a car hit them on the same flyover on November 9. The youth, who had stopped to take selfies, fell off the bridge after the car being driven by a man in an inebriated condition hit them.
 
Road users complained that the sharp curve on the flyover is leading to accidents. The Police Commissioner said they would take necessary safety measures but appealed to people to drive cautiously and not to cross the speed limit.
 
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TRS legislator Chennamaneni Ramesh stripped of Indian citizenship

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday issued a fresh order cancelling the Indian citizenship of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Chennamaneni Ramesh.
 
Fresh orders were issued after hearing Ramesh, who had challenged the 2017 order cancelling his citizenship.
 
Ramesh's citizenship was revoked on the grounds that he held citizenship of Germany and didn't fulfil the norms while obtaining Indian citizenship in 2009.
 
Ramesh, re-elected to Telangana Assembly from the Vemulawada constituency last year, said he would move the Telangana High Court again. The MHA didn't take the high court orders into consideration while issuing fresh orders, Ramesh said and added that he was confident of getting justice.
 
In July, the HC had set aside the MHA order and directed it to hear afresh Ramesh's submissions and complainant Adi Srinivas, the Congress leader defeated by Ramesh in 2009 elections.
 
Ramesh's citizenship issue is pending since 2009 when he was elected as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate. He later joined the TRS and was re-elected in the bye-election in 2010. He was elected to the Assembly again in 2014 and 2018.
 
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TSRTC union leader begins fast, strike enters 43rd day

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A leader of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) Employees' Union began an indefinite fast on Saturday as the strike by its over 48,000 employees entered the 43rd day.
 
Ashwathama Reddy, convener of TSRTC Employees' Joint Action Committee (JAC), sat on fast along with some supporters at his residence in Urmila Nagar on Hyderabad's outskirts after the police denied him permission to sit on fast at the Indira Park in the city centre.
 
Reddy said he would continue his fast till the state government calls the striking employees for talks on their demands. "If the police arrest me, I will continue the fast in the police station," he said.
 
The JAC leader also slammed the police for surrounding his house late on Friday night. Several employees had reached his house on learning about the police action.
 
The JAC leaders alleged that the government remained adamant despite their gesture to keep aside, for now, the demand for TSRTC's merger with the government. They demanded that the government should immediately hold talks with them on other demands.
 
Meanwhile, the striking employees staged 'bus roko' protests across the state on Saturday. Scores of protesters were arrested when they tried to stop buses being plied by the TSRTC with the help of temporary staff.
 
In another development, TSRTC in-charge Managing Director Sunil Sharma submitted an additional affidavit in the Telangana High Court, stating that the strike was illegal under the Industrial Disputes Act.
 
Sharma stated that the employees went on strike during Dussehra to blackmail TSRTC. He claimed that the strike was being observed for the vested interests of union leaders, causing losses to the people, the workers and the RTC. He also alleged that the union leaders were threatening TSRTC through the opposition parties.
 
The in-charge MD also told the court that even if the employees voluntarily return to work, it may be difficult for TSRTC to retain them as it suffered huge financial losses due to the strike. He sought early orders by the court, keeping in view the larger public interest.
 
The high court had said on Monday that it cannot direct the government to hold talks with the striking employees. A division bench headed by Chief Justice R. S. Chauhan also stated that it cannot declare the ongoing strike as illegal.
 
The next hearing on PILs on the strike is scheduled for November 18.
 
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Hyderabad train crash: Loco pilot rescued from mangled cabin

The sceme at Kachiguda railway station, where an MMTS train rammed into the stationary Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which  had stopped at the station, injuring 12, in Hyderabad on November 11,2019.
The sceme at Kachiguda railway station, where an MMTS train rammed into the stationary Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which had stopped at the station, injuring 12, in Hyderabad on November 11,2019.
After eight hours of gruelling efforts, rescue workers pulled out the loco pilot alive from the mangled motorman cabin of a local train, which rammed into a stationary express train at Kachiguda railway station here on Monday, injuring 16 passengers.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Accident Relief Team of the South Central Railway (SCR) cut through the cabin with the help of gas-cutters to rescue 31-year-old Chandrasekhar, who was later shifted to a hospital.
 
The loco pilot spent eight long hours stuck in the cabin of the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train, which rammed into the Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Inter-city Express around 10.30 a.m.
 
The medical teams were supplying the loco pilot oxygen and saline to ensure that he did not fall unconscious.
 
The express train had stopped near the station for the signal when the Lingampally-Falaknuma MMTS train entered the same track and rammed head-on into it.
 
SCR officials said six coaches of the MMTS train and three coaches of Hundry Express were affected.
 
Doctors at government-run Osmania General Hospital said 16 injured were brought to the hospital and six of them were discharged.
 
Telangana Governor Tamilasai Soundararajan directed Osmania Hospital superintendent to provide the best possible treatment to the injured.
 
Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy visited the accident site in the evening and enquired from the officials about the cause of the collision and the rescue and relief works.
 
Though technical error in signaling system was initially believed to have caused the accident, SCR officials later ruled out the possibility. They blamed human error for the mishap.
 
B. B. Singh, Additional General Manager, SCR, said a high-level inquiry will be conducted into the accident.
 
One of the passengers of the express train said the collision occurred when the train started moving. "All passengers were jolted by its impact. The children were badly affected," he said.
 
Eye-witnesses said a major tragedy was averted as the MMTS train was running slowly and the Express train was almost stationary.
 
The accident affected the movement of trains on the Kachiguda-Falaknuma section. Several trains including MMTS services were cancelled.
 
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12 injured in collision between two trains in Hyderabad

The sceme at Kachiguda railway station, where an MMTS train rammed into the stationary Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which  had stopped at the station, injuring 12, in Hyderabad on November 11,2019.
The sceme at Kachiguda railway station, where an MMTS train rammed into the stationary Hyderabad-Kurnool Hundry Express, which had stopped at the station, injuring 12, in Hyderabad on November 11,2019.
Twelve people were injured in a collision between two trains at Kachiguda railway station in Hyderabad on Monday, railway officials said.
 
The incident occurred when a Multi-Modal Transit System (MMTS) train rammed into the Kurnool City-Secunderabad Hundry Intercity Express around 10.30 a.m.
 
The Hundry Express had stopped near the station for a signal when Lingampally-Falaknuma MMTS train entered the same track and collided with it head-on.
 
MMTS locomotive driver was stuck in the badly damaged cabin. Rescue workers, including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel, were battling for nearly four hours to rescue him.
 
South Central Railway (SCR) officials said six coaches of MMTS train and three coaches of Hundry Express were affected.
 
B. B. Singh, Additional General Manager, SCR, said 12 passengers were injured. They were rushed to Osmania Hospital and two of them were later discharged. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical.
 
Senior SCR officials also rushed to the scene as did medical relief vans and the Accident Relief Train to undertake relief and restoration works.
 
Though the accident was initially believed to have been caused by a technical error in signaling system, SCR officials ruled out the possibility. They blamed human error for the collision. A high-level inquiry will be conducted into the incident, they said.
 
One of the passengers of Hundry Express said the collision occurred when the train started moving. "All passengers were jolted by its impact. The children were badly affected," he said.
 
Eye-witnesses said a major tragedy was averted as MMTS train was running slowly and the Express train was almost stationary.
 
The accident affected movement of trains on the Kachiguda-Falaknuma section. At least 10 trains were cancelled, five others were partially cancelled. One train was diverted.
 
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