Hyderabad: Rejecting the Telangana police claim that those gunned down by them were trying to escape, the families of the victims Tuesday refused to perform their last rites till a high level probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is announced by the state.
Addressing a press conference after the encounter at their lawyer’s office, the victims' families raised serious questions on the police claim stating that they had apprehensions since the beginning that their children’s lives were in danger.
“My son has been murdered. We demand a fair investigation into this horrifying killing,” Mohammed Ahmed, father of Mohammed Vikaruddin, one of the victims said.
“With a heavy heart I saw pictures of my dead son circulating in the media. He is shown handcuffed and soaked in blood. How can a man who is handcuffed to his chair become a threat to the life of other?” he questioned.
“I was confident my son, along with others, was going to get acquitted. The trial had reached its final stage. Police in desperation killed them all,” he alleged.
Vikar’s father said that he had given many representations to the authorities a number of times, expressing concern over threat to life of his son.
“All of my representations went unanswered, even my son filed an affidavit in the court stating the same, but no one paid any heed to our pleadings,” he said.
Imtiyaz Ali, brother of another victim Amjed Ali, said, “If my brother was guilty of crimes as police has accused him of, why didn’t they allow him to complete the trial and let the court decide his fate?
"Police killed him and others as they knew they were not guilty. Police didn’t work for justice they worked in vengeance. They had grudge against Muslims so they killed my brother and other four Muslim youths.”
“Telangana police has manifested their failure as a law enforcing agency by orchestrating this encounter murders,” Imtiyaz added.
The Telangana police shot dead the five under trials alleging that they tried to escape from their custody in Telangana's Warangal district on Tuesday when they were being brought to Hyderabad, police said.
Police said they opened fire when the accused tried to snatch a weapon from a policeman in the vehicle near Pemburti in Jangaon mandal of Warangal district, about 80 km from here.
Vikaruddin Ahmed and his four associates, allegedly involved in the killing of two policemen and several other extremist offences, were killed in the incident that took place between 10 and 10.20 a.m.
A police official said the accused attacked policemen and tried to snatch weapons when the vehicle was stopped to enable them to attend nature's call.
"They tried to snatch weapons from police and raised slogans. In the scuffle, there was an exchange of fire in which five accused were killed," Deputy Inspector General of Police Malla Reddy said.