Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief and Nalgonda MP N Uttam Kumar Reddy today blamed the police and the liquor policy of the Telangana government for the gang rape and murder of Dr Priyanka Reddy
Speaking on the issue in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Reddy described the incident, that occurred on the intervening night of November 27 and 28, as "inhuman and ghastly".
The Nalgonda MP faulted the Telangana Home Minister's remark that the victim would have survived had she called the police instead of her family members. He also said that due to the indifferent attitude of the local police the victim's family members were forced to visit two to three police stations by walk before an FIR was registered. The family members were made to walk to a police station 4-5 km away from the first one they visited, and later again sent back to the first police station, before any action started, he claimed.
He also said, "One of the causes of this incident is also the indiscriminate sale of liquor in Telangana. Despite the Supreme Court's ruling of 2016 which prohibits sale of liquor on highways, liquor was being sold in the area. In this particular incident, the accused were in an inebriated condition."
He demanded that the government set up a fast track court for the case and hang the culprits.
Later, Telangana Congress MPs Komatireddy Venkat Reddy, A Revanth Reddy and M A Khan (Rajya Sabha) along with AICC Telangana Incharge R C Khuntia staged a dharna before Mahatma Gandhi's statue on the Parliament premises seeking capital punishment for the four accused.