New Delhi: A large group of people and activists on Saturday staged a protest outside a police station near Hyderabad where the accused in the rape and murder of a woman veterinarian were lodged, demanding 'severe' punishment for them.
The accused were sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the executive magistrate who passed the order at the Shadnagar police station, where they were lodged, as they could not be produced in court due to the presence of the large number of protesters in front of the police station.
Stones were hurled at a police vehicle as the accused were being taken to the jail in Hyderabad, and police used mild force to control the crowd.
The protesters gathered outside the police station, raised slogans against the accused and threw slippers at the police. Some of them even demanded that the accused be handed death penalty.
"It is not enough if they are taken to court. They should be handed out the same treatment what they had done to the victim," a man said.
"If you cannot do it, hand them over to us," another man said. Police assured the agitators that they would ensure 100% conviction and requested people to cooperate with them.
National Commission for Women (NCW) member Shyamala Kundar, who was in Hyderabad to inquire into the incident, said she has recommended action against policemen after an inquiry as they allegedly did not respond on time to a complaint from the victim's family.
Protests were also held by different student groups and others at various places in Telangana demanding severe punishment for the accused. The local bar association has said it will not offer any legal assistance to the accused.
Amid widespread outrage that brought back memories of the 2012 Nirbhaya case, a candle-light march was taken out at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and a number of other leaders met the deceased woman's family. Condemning the incident, the leaders said the government would ensure that the culprits would get severe punishment through expeditious investigation and trial.
Meanwhile, doctors, who conducted medical tests on the accused as per procedures, told reporters here that the condition of the accused was normal.
The local bar association has resolved not to offer any legal assistance to the accused, in the case.
The 25-year-old veterinary doctor, who works in a state-run hospital, was raped and killed by the four youth, all lorry workers, on the city outskirts, on Thursday night.
(With inputs from agencies)