Amnesty demands an independent investigation into the deaths in custody of Hyderabad

NEW DELHI: International Amnesty India on Friday requested an independent investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killings of four prisoners under trial by the Hyderabad police. The four had been arrested the day before and were accused of raping and killing a 25-year-old veterinarian.

Extrajudicial executions are not a solution to prevent rape, said Avinash Kumar, executive director of AII. The delay reported in the presentation of the First Informative Report of the Telangana Police in this case, together with the poor quality investigation and the low general conviction rate for those accused of rape raises deeply disturbing questions about the state of justice in India, Kumar said in a statement. Press release.

The incident occurred when the state police took the minor trials to the site where the violation was committed as part of the investigation. The state police have alleged that the sub-judgments stole the firearms of the police, attacked the police officers and tried to flee, which led the police to shoot at the threads and subsequently kill them.

Under, extrajudicial, arbitrary or summary executions and enforced disappearances are strictly prohibited. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, of which India is a party, prohibits the arbitrary deprivation of life and guarantees the right to a fair trial. In addition, the United Nations Principles on the prevention and effective investigation of extralegal, arbitrary and summary executions require that [t] here a thorough, prompt and impartial investigation of all suspected cases of extralegal, arbitrary and summary executions, including cases where ... reliable reports suggest unnatural death in the above circumstances.

“In a modern and rights-respecting society, the use of extrajudicial executions to offer justice to rape victims is not only unconstitutional, but eludes the Indian legal system and sets a very wrong precedent. An independent investigation is essential, ”said Avinash Kumar.