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Telangana encounter: HC adjourns hearing to April 28


Hyderabad:  Hyderabad High Court today adjourned to April 28 the hearing on a writ petition filed by the father of a terror suspect seeking registration of a criminal case against police in connection with the killing of his son and four others in an alleged encounter in Nalgonda district of Telangana.

The high court adjourned the case after Additional Advocate General (AAG) J Ramachandra Rao sought time to file a counter affidavit on the petition.

Five undertrials, including Viquar Ahmed, were killed near Alair in Nalgonda district while being brought to a court here from a prison in Warangal on April 7.

The defence counsel V Raghunath today again requested the court to issue directions for exhuming the bodies of Viquar and others for a fresh autopsy, alleging that their postmortem was conducted in a “hasty manner”.

Viquar’s father Mohammed Ahmed, in his petition filed earlier, had sought registration of an FIR against the police personnel responsible for the killings and transfer of the case to CBI.

He had on April 11 lodged a complaint at Alair police station accusing the police of killing his son and others in a “fake encounter” and sought action against them. The police had, however, only made a General Diary (GD) entry following the complaint.

The court had on April 16 asked AAG to file a counter affidavit and posted the matter to April 23 after asking him whether any case had been registered on the complaint. The court also sought to know status of investigation and if the postmortem had been conducted properly.

Ahmed had earlier alleged that the killings of Viquar and others was a “pre-planned police murder”.

According to police, on the day of the incident Viquar Ahmed asked them to stop the van to answer nature’s call. After returning to the van, he snatched the rifle of one of the police constables and opened fire. The other four also tried to snatch the weapons of the accompanying policemen and were killed when the police fired in “self defence”.

Police earlier said Viquar and others had been involved in four incidents of firing on police which had left three policemen dead in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.

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