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Murder by Police THE gruesome murder of Ghulam Rasool and Vijaya Prasad Rao by the Andhra Pradesh police in a fake 'encounter' is yet another demonstration of the increasing brutality of the state police and its utter disregard for the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people. Here also, the foisted story of encounter is repeated; only, for a change, this time it is Ghulam Rasool, a journalist overnight turned into a hardcore extremist! Rasool, a reporter of the Telugu daily Udayam, regarded as a conscientious person in the journalist fraternity, was well known for his exposure of the politician- criminal-police nexus in land scandals in and around Hyderabad city. Precisely for his investigative reports, he became an irritant to certain influential politicians and the local police, and had been warned several times. But firm in his convictions as he was, he refused to be cowed down. The consequence was his murder in a cooked-up encounter on December 27, 1991. Rasool, from all evidence available, was taken by the police and tortured to death. The only fault of Prasad Rao was that he incidentally happened to be with Rasool on that fateful day. And the police admit the innocence of Prasad Rao.

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