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Amid Manhunt for Hyderabad Rape Accused Who Killed 6-Yr-Old, Minister's Encounter Threat on Camera

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Last Updated: September 15, 2021, 15:24 IST

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Telangana Labour Minister Malla Reddy on Tuesday said that the rapist of 6-yr-old will be killed in an encounter. (File photo: IANS)

Telangana Labour Minister Malla Reddy on Tuesday said that the rapist of 6-yr-old will be killed in an encounter. (File photo: IANS)

Labour Minister Malla Reddy's sensational comment came a day after state Congress chief Revanth Reddy made a similar demand.

A Telangana Minister on Tuesday said the guilty person in the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Hyderabad “will be killed in an encounter”. Labour Minister Malla Reddy’s sensational comment came a day after state Congress chief Revanth Reddy made a similar demand.

“We will apprehend the accused and do an encounter on the spot. Justice will be delivered,” Malla Reddy told reporters on the sidelines of an event in Hyderabad. Asked to react on criticism by opposition leaders for not calling on the family of the victim, the minister said they would definitely meet the family members and pay them compensation.

The talk of encounter gave new twist to the case amid the ambiguity over the whereabouts of the accused.

Initially, the police sources had claimed that the accused was arrested from his native village in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district.

However, a senior official clarified that the accused is still at large.

The girl was raped and murdered on September 9 and her body was found in a locked house.

Police have formed 15 teams to nab the accused, a 30-year-old who was the victim’s neighbour. The Hyderabad Police has even declared a reward of Rs 10 lakh for information about the absconding accused.

Special police teams of the commissioner’ task force are said to be on the lookout for the fugitive.

Police have succeeded in securing a CCTV footage from Falaknuma that shows the accused wearing a cap and face mask, while moving along with another person.

The child was sexually assaulted and murdered in Saidabad. The body of the girl, who was missing since 5 p.m. Thursday, was found in the house of her neighbour after midnight.

Autopsy done at the government-run Osmania Hospital revealed that the child was sexually assaulted and strangulated to death.

The horrific incident had triggered angry protest from residents on Friday. They staged sit-in for seven hours on Champapet-Sagar Road, demanding immediate and harshest punishment to the guilty. Some of the protestors also demanded that the guilty be killed in an encounter.

(With inputs from Swastika Das in Hyderabad)

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first published:September 14, 2021, 20:10 IST
last updated:September 15, 2021, 15:24 IST