Hyderabad: the crowd continued to grow at the site after the encounter
HYDERABAD: Chatanpally was in Zone Zero on Friday when a sea of humanity invaded the village in the Farooqnagar mangrove of Mahbubnagar. The dark village, inhabited by 7,000 people, on National Highway-44 was buzzing and booming throughout the day. The crowds, which arrived in small numbers early in the morning, multiplied shortly after word spread about the encounter. At 9 in the morning, the entire meeting place, distributed over half a km in an agricultural field, was full of old people, women and teenagers.
While the slogans of CP Zindabad and Telangana Brave Police rented the air, the villagers distributed sweets to the police and to each other and burst cookies. The celebrations continued throughout the day, even when the Cyberabad police commissioner, VC Sajjanar, addressed the media about the circumstances that led to the meeting.
The crowd also shouted slogans in praise to Prime Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for providing instant justice to the veterinarian's family. The village is 54 km from Hyderabad on the Bangalore road. While the police tried to keep the rising crowds away, they were helpless as more and more people kept coming from several corners of the road, an underpass where the veterinarian's body was burned and the narrow service road. At one point, enthusiastic villagers raised some police on their shoulders and danced. Several others threw flower petals as they stood on the road in police vehicles transporting Sajjanar and other officials.
Jhansi, a doctor, along with his niece Spoorthi, an engineering student, visited the site and paid their respects to the veterinarian placing flowers. “Delayed justice is justice denied. It is good that justice has been done immediately, Jhansi told TOI. Upon joining, Spoorthi said: I don't think people who commit such crimes ever change.
(The identity of the victim has not been revealed to protect their privacy according to the directives of the Supreme Court in cases related to sexual assault)