Ayesha Mira case – The Crime, The Investigation And The Trial, All Went Wrong

DARA GOPI

Amaravati: The Hyderabad High Court’s judgement acquitting Pidatala Satyam Babu of the crime of B Pharmacy student, Ayesha Mira’s alleged rape and murder in her hostel in December 2007, had exposed the failure of the investigation and even the trial. The victims, the families of the deceased and the accused, are now crying foul and continue to seek justice. It is a fact that the courts and the investigating agencies could not bring back the life of the girl who was killed. They could not give back the precious 8 years jail term of the accused, Satyam Babu. Against these, they have not identified the real culprits of the crime.

What Happened?

Ayesha Mira, who was studying B Pharmacy first year had returned to her hostel on December 26, 2007 evening along with her mother after the Christmas holidays. She and her mother found only three senior students in the hostel, besides the family members of the warden and the workers. The three seniors were not in good terms with Ayesha as she was their junior and when her mother tried to have a word with them, they did not respond. Later, her mother went back to her home in Tenali only to be called in the morning by the hostel warden’s husband to say that Ayesha is not well.

The girl was found dead in a pool of blood close to the washrooms of the hostel, outside her hostel room. She was naked and her hands and legs were tied to the water tap with her clothes. The news spread like wild fire sending shock waves across the nation. The post-mortem report said that the girl was killed first and the body was raped later (an act of paraphilia).

The fingers were first pointed at Koneru Satish Babu, a former sarpanch of Gudavalli village near Gannavaram, who is also the grandson of then deputy chief minister Koneru Ranga Rao. As the hostel is located in Ibrahimpatnam, the local Congress leader Ch Madhava Rao’s role was suspected and Satish Babu’s involvement was thus justified as Madhava Rao was his follower.

Though the news broke out in the early morning, the police, including those from Ibrahimpatnam, reached the spot late, giving scope for people to move around the scene of offence, destroying or disturbing the evidences. Ironically, the police who reached the spot complained of the destruction of the evidence with the presence of people in the scene of offence.

What the Police did?

Having reached the venue late giving scope for the destruction of evidence at the scene of offence, the police picked up the youth in the vicinity creating panic among the people. The police were tough with the youth around, while being so soft towards Satish Babu or his loyalist Madhava Rao. The police have picked up over 1000 youth from the area and questioned them for hours together horrifying them and their families. When there was uproar from the locals and the human rights activists, the police stopped picking up the local youth and set their eyes on the relatives of the victim. They pointed an accusing finger at a relative of the girl and then arrested one person, Sivanjaneyulu, an acquaintance with Ayesha Mira’s family. The police conducted all tests on him but dropped him later only to arrest another person, Upendra Singh, an accused in some theft cases. He was declared as offender and sent for tests. When his parents complained, he too was let free and the police once again arrested Gurvinder Singh alias Laddu. This youth, a small time offender, was subjected to the police kind of investigation and was declared as the real culprit. The police claimed all evidences against him. But, when Laddu’s parents challenged the case in the court with all the evidences to prove that he was not around Vijayawada on the day of the offence, the court released him.

Caught in the thick of public criticism, the police have again rounded up a Dalit youth, Pidatala Satyam Babu, from Anasagaram village close to Nandigama and showed him as the accused in the case. His parents and the human rights activists protested against Satyam Babu’s arrest and alleged that the police have framed the charges against this young daily wage worker. He was subjected to all tests and interrogation. The young and energetic youth finally suffered multiple injuries to his body and finally suffered a disorder that had finally made him crippled. He is now unable to walk and has to be moved around in a wheel chair.

Who lost – who gained?

In the entire episode, the victims have been the losers. The girl had lost her life and her parents have lost their daughter. Those who were accused in the case at every stage have lost their precious years and Satyam Babu, who has been in the jail for 8 years had lost his precious youthful time and his health. His parents have lost their healthy son upon whom they were to depend in their old age. The son now would have to depend on the aged parents, if he is out of jail.

Shockingly, the real culprits are not identified and they are safe. Those who were initially accused – the Congress leaders – are happy and have no charges framed against them. The political parties which have used the crime to trade charges against each other for a few years enjoy the powers. The police officials who have handled the case and who were expected to identify the real culprits do continue in their positions with promotions over the years.

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Ayesha Mira Case – Naidu Favours Reinvestigation As Cops Prefer Appeal

The case of Ayesha Mira’s murder had been taking twists and turns with the reported decision of AP Chief Minister to order reinvestigation where as the police officers stick to their guns and plead for his permission to appeal against the HC judgment declaring the main accused Satyam Babu innocent.

Amaravati: The sensational Ayesha Mira murder case is taking several twists and turns in Andhra Pradesh, particularly after the Hyderabad High Court acquitted Pidatala Satyam Babu, who had served 8 years in jail. The High Court judgment found fault with the police investigation and revealed how the police have framed the accused, Satyam Babu, in the case. This revelation had cast shadow on the police lowering the image of the department. While Satyam Babu’s family, the Dalit groups and the Human Rights organizations are jubilant over the acquittal, the police department is uncomfortable with the Court passing serious remarks over the functioning of the police department and recommending action against the police who were involved in the case. This had put the image of the department at its lowest, which the department wants to fight.

The police department justified its investigation fixing Satyam Babu as accused in the case and claimed that it can prove the charges against him. The department also wants to go for an appeal either in the High Court or Supreme Court against the acquittal of Satyam Babu and prove that they have done nothing wrong in the case and investigation was carried out sincerely scientifically gathering the evidences. The department had initially wanted to seek the permission of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to go for appeal against the acquittal of Satyam Babu. The police claim that the evidences collected from the scene of offence, the tests carried out on Satyam Babu and his own confession statements stand the legal scrutiny to establish the crime. A greater pressure by the department is now on the Chief Minister to accept and give clearance for an appeal against the acquittal. If the appeal is not permitted and the case is not proved against Satyam Babu, the department would have to initiate disciplinary action against the officers for which the department is not prepared. There would be a widespread resentment in the department if the officers involved in the investigation are to be punished as directed by the court and the department is not prepared for the same.

Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu is said to be in favour of reopening the case and fixing the real culprits. As the case occurred when he was the Leader of Opposition, Chandrababu Naidu demanded justice to the family of Ayesha Mira and had rejected the claims of the police at that time. He had even promised to reopen the case when his party returned to power. Now, the party is in power and his is holding the office. It is said that Chandrababu Naidu is planning to reopen the case as promised in the past to prove his sincerity or at least to prove his charges as opposition leader. He is said to be of the opinion that he can save the image of his party and the police department as well even if the case is reopened and Satyam Babu is proved to have been framed in the case. He can push the case on the Congress and save the police from being blamed claiming that the department had worked under the pressure of the Congress. This line of thought seems to have made Chandrababu comfortable to decide on reopening the case. It is also said that some of the senior leaders of the ruling party have also endorsed his line of argument and advised him to order for reopening of the case despite some resistance from the police department.

It is to be seen how Chandrababu Naidu would respond to the case as the parents of Ayesha Mira have already met him and pleaded for justice. The parents have also met Minister for IT Nara Lokesh and sought justice. Only time will tell what justice is in store for victim Ayesha Mira’s family, the accused Satyam Babu’s family and the investigating police personnel.

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Ayesha Mira Case: Police To Fight Against Satyam Babu’s Exemption

Vijayawada: The decision by the High Court in freeing Satyam Babu will be challenged by cops of AP who felt surprised to see the decision when clear evidence is there against the culprit.

According to police, how could any court rule out the prime evidence of DNA test which matched Satyam Babu and Ayesha?

Police strongly believe that something went wrong and said they will correct themselves. “We are just waiting for HC judgement copy. We did not expect this type of verdict after submitting scientific proof,” said Gowtham Sawang, Vijayawada City Police Commissioner.

“Satyam Babu explained how he committed crime which was recorded in video, we are really surprised,” said another senior police officer.

What will be the future of Satyam Babu who spent 8 years in jail and recently released by HC is a big question?

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AP Slammed For Poor Relief To Satyam Babu

Hyderabad: CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy has alleged that the Andhra Pradesh State government had announced only Rs 1 lakh compensation to Satyam Babu, who was honourably acquitted by the Hyderabad High Court in the sensational Ayesha murder case, because he was a Dalit.

Speaking to media persons at the Maqdoom Bhavan here on Saturday, Suravaram alleged that the Andhra Pradesh government misused the judiciary and police machinery in the Ayesha Meera murder case.

“Besides, Andhra Pradesh government announced merely Rs 1 lakh compensation to Satyam Babu, who spent his precious life in jail for eight years for no fault of his because he was a Dalit”, he alleged.

Faulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi government, the CPI leader alleged that the BJP-led NDA government was troubling the people with demonetisation of big currency notes as it miserably failed to uncover black money. He also demanded that the Modi government withdraw the new laws.

CPI state secretary Chada Venkat Reddy alleged that the Telangana Assembly buried democratic values. He lashed out at the ruling party saying it was not giving due respect to the Opposition parties.

He also said they would launch movement against the state government on G.O.No.123 and their failures. 

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Then Who Raped and Killed Ayesha Mira?

Then Who Raped and Killed Ayesha Mira

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: With the Hyderabad High Court on Friday quashing the charges of rape and murder against Pidatala Satyam Babu in connection with atrocities on B Pharmacy student, Ayesha Mira, the question now being asked is who killed her. The girl student, who had returned to her hostel at Ibrahimpatnam on the outskirts of Vijayawada was found dead in the hostel room on December 26, 2007.

The police have first arrested an accused called Gurvinder Singh Anand alias Laddu and produced him before the media. A few months later, the police released him and arrested another youth, Upender Singh, a friend of Laddu. He too was dropped from the case and finally the police zeroed in on a Dalit youth Satyam Babu. The local court had finally sentenced him for life in the crime.

The Dalit and Human Rights organizations have been denying the role of Satyam Babu right from the day one of his arrest in the case. The family members too denied Satyam Babu’s involvement in the rape and murder of the girl. Interestingly, the parents of Ayesha Mira, too have refused to accept the police claims of Satyam Babu in the murder of their daughter. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which was in Opposition then too backed the claims of Satyam Babu’s parents and Ayesha Mira’s parents accusing Koneru Satish Babu, the grandson of the then Deputy Chief Minister Koneru Ranga Rao in the case. The TDP leaders, including Chandrababu Naidu declared that their government would reopen the case and bring the real culprits to the book.

The police have conducted lie detector tests on Satish and gave him a clean chit brushing aside the allegations of the victim’s parents and the TDP leaders. Even the Congress government and Koneru Ranga Rao’s family denied the involvement of Satish Babu. At one point of time Koneru Ranga Rao threw an open challenge to the TDP leaders that he would quit politics if they proved his grandson guilty of the case.

Now, the Hyderabad High Court had acquitted Satyam Babu from the case and directed the police to pay him a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for his imprisonment. The question now is if Satyam Babu is not the real culprit, who is the culprit who had committed the heinous crime. The responsibility is now on the police to find out the culprit. The responsibility is also now on the TDP leadership who had promised to bring the real culprits to the book.

The culprit should be punished and justice should be done to the victim’s family. The police who have failed to do proper investigation and arrest the culprit should also be punished. There is no second option in that order.

Once all this is done, the big question before the society is now who will give Satyam Babu his precious 8 years youthful life that he had lost while serving the imprisonment period for a crime that he had not done. Satyam Babu, a 20-year old young Dalit boy who was caught when he was in pink of his health by the police was finally produced before the court in a wheel chair. He could not stand, leave alone walking and that was allegedly the police ‘treatment’ that made him so. Who will give him back his life, the youthful eight years? Will that ₹ 1 lakh compensation bring his precious youthful years back to him?

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