Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday termed the killing of five undertrials in Telangana as murder and retaliation by police.
Owaisi, the MP from Hyderabad, has urged the government of Telangana to order thorough probe into the incident in which Viqaruddin Ahmed and four others were shot dead by police near Pemburti in Warangal district on Tuesday morning while being brought to Hyderabad from Warangal Central Jail. Police claimed that they had to open fire as the accused were trying to snatch weapon from them and flee.
The MIM president alleged that this murder is in retaliation to killing of three policemen in Nalgonda district, referring to the killings by alleged terror operatives belonging to banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
"This murder is in retaliation to killing of three policemen, which is condemnable but today's killing is also murder," Owaisi tweeted.
"All four were facing trial for killing a policeman in Hyderabad and other offences. One undertrial was from UP," said the MP, whose party is an ally of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana.
Meanwhile, he father of Viqaruddin Ahmed, who was shot dead with four others by police in Telangana on Tuesday, said the "encounter" was fake and staged-managed.
Mohammed Ahmed told reporters that the police murdered his son and others in cold blood.
"It is a pre-planned murder by the police," he said and demanded that the policemen involved should be booked for murder.
He said he had visited Warangal Central Jail to meet his son 10 days ago and said everything was all right.
He said he had filed a petition requesting the court to shift Viqaruddin to a jail in Hyderabad for speedy disposal of the case.
Viquaruddin and four others involved in the killing of two policemen and some other cases were shot dead by the police near Pemburti in Warangal district on Tuesday when they were being brought to Hyderabad for a court hearing.
Police claimed that they tried to snatch weapons from policemen escorting them and tried to flee.
Mohammed Ahmed said police carried out the murder plot in the wake of the recent gun battle in Nalgonda district in which two operatives of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were killed.
"Police thought they can mix up with the Nalgonda encounter and get away with it," he said.