Priyanka Reddy case: Lawyers say won't fight for accused

Hyderabad: The Shadnagar Bar Association has unanimously resolved not to appear for the accused in the Dr P. Priyanka Reddy case. The association condemned the incident on Saturday, and said the four accused did not deserve legal aid.

This decision came even as several cities across the nation mourned Dr Priyanka Reddy, and protests broke out in TS and AP demanding justice for the victim and death to the accused on Saturday.

Protests and candlelight rallies were held at Mumbai, Delhi and other prominent cities and towns across the country. Scores of people of all age groups came on to the roads in several parts of the Telugu states holding placards and banners with slogans like ‘Hang the accused’ and ‘We want justice for Priyanka’.

They raised slogans against the TS government and the police, alleging that both had failed to protect the victim.

While political leaders headed to her house, hundreds of angry people mobbed the Shadnagar police station where the accused were kept in custody. Students, members of civil society and women’s rights organisations participated in candlelight rallies in Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar and other places from Telangana state and Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh. In Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada, people took out processions with the effigies of the accused and burnt them after thrashing them with slippers and
sticks. People held dharnas and rasta rokos on the highways adjacent to the villages of the accused. Some protesters wanted the accused to be killed, stoned to death or hanged and even ‘encountered.’

It continued to trend on social media platforms, with thousands of users commenting and condemning the heinious incident.

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