HYDERABAD: With the High Court acquitting Satyam Babu in the sensational Ayesha Meera rape-murder case, a Hyderabad girl has started an online petition to reopen the case so that the real culprits will be booked.
"If Satyam Babu who was strongly projected as the killer of Ayesha by Vijayawada police, and was acquitted, who actually killed Ayesha?" asked Revathi Pogadadanda in the petition that will be delivered to the High Court at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the Vijayawada city police commissioner.
"We demand that the case be re-investigated. We demand solace to the parents of Ayesha Meera. We demand the justice that Ayesha deserves. It was Ayesha a decade ago, it can be anyone of us tomorrow!!" Revathi said in her petition which has been signed by more than 275 people within hours.
Ayesha Meera was like every other girl, full of dreams and ambitions. She was too young to die. It wasn't a natural death - she was raped and murdered. Rape is heinous, murder is inhuman - but injustice is more horrendous of all crimes." The petition said.
Ayesha, a 19-year-old B Pharm student of Nimrah College, Vijayawada was found murdered in her hostel in Ibrahimpatnam on December 27, 2007. Her naked body was recovered from the bathroom.
While she was murdered during the intervening night of December 26-27, 2007, her badly mutilated dead body was 'discovered' by the hostel warden at 6 am on Dec 27. Police reached the spot only at 8 am, giving ample time for everyone involved to tamper with onsite evidence, the petition said.
After dragging the case for nine months, on August 17, 2008, police finally arrested Satyam Babu, a physically disabled petty cellphone thief, saying the handwriting and footprints matched with those found at the crime scene. Explaining the sequence of events and the initial investigations of the police and arrests of those who were not involved in the crime, the petition pointed out that Satyam Babu was finally arrested.
"The evidence found at the crime scene - hair, semen and handprints - nothing matched with Satyam Babu's. On September 29, 2010, without any concrete evidence, Satyam Babu was convicted by the trial court. He then appealed to the High Court on October 28, 2010 and finally after eight long years of languishing in the jail and a prolonged legal battle, Satyam Babu was acquitted on March 31, 2017. Pointing out that Satyam Babu had been wrongly implicated in the case, as was evident from the judgement of the High Court which acquitted it, the petition urged that the case be reinvestigated to catch the real culprit.