A former head constable of police Abdul Qadeer who shot dead the Assistant Commissioner of Police of Chatrinaka Sattaiah when they were going round in a jeep in the curfew-bound areas during the December 1990 riots in old city has been released on parole.
He was released on March 7 after a court granted him parole for 60 days. One of his legs was amputated due to gangrene. His release was discussed by a former member of AP State Human Rights Commission E. Ismail at a programme to mark the launch of the Association for Protection of Civil Rights here on Sunday. Mr. Ismail who is also a former district judge and president of the association told the meeting that life convicts as Qadeer deserved to be let off after 20 years of sentence because there was no point in their continued detention after such a long time. Supporting the campaign against death sentence as it amounted to human rights violation, he, however, favoured hanging for criminals in rarest of rare cases.
P.L. Vishweshwer Rao, head of the department of mass communication and journalism at the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, felt human rights should be promoted by rule of law. He said politicians were not inclined to work for protection of human rights as long as politics – crime nexus continued in the country.
A representative of an NGO Karthik Navayan expressed hope that struggles within the framework of democracy would definitely help to curb violation of human rights.