Police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad.
Police have said all four accused in the rape and murder case of the Hyderabad vet have been killed in crossfire today (Friday). The accused were shot dead on the same highway where the body of the 26-year-old was found.
The men had been in police custody and were shot near the scene of the crime during a reconstruction.
It’s reported that the accused were taking part in reconstruction of the crime in the early hours of Friday morning when they tried to escape and were shot by police.
N Prakash Reddy, a deputy commissioner of police in Shamshabad has said in a statement: “In the morning, at around 6-6.30, our persons have come to reconstruct the scene of crime and the accused have tried to snatch their weapons, and there was a cross-fire. In this, all the four accused have died. Two policemen have been injured.”
Hyderabad: Senior Police officials arrive at the site of the encounter. All four accused in the rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana were killed in an encounter with the police when the accused tried to escape while being taken to the crime spot. https://t.co/TB4R8EuPyr pic.twitter.com/7fuG87MP0m
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The four individuals had become high-profile objects of hatred within the country, following their alleged premeditated attack on a 26-year-old veterinary doctor last Wednesday.
The accused men were identified as Mohammad Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu.
They had been accused of deflating the scooter tyres of the 26-year-old veterinary doctor and lying in wait for her at an isolated spot by a motorway tollway. Her attackers had then approached her offering help before dragged her to some bushes where they gang raped her, asphyxiated her until she died and then drove her body to an underpass where they set it alight.
The case, as Euro Weekly News confirms, prompted thousands to take to the streets in protest over the last week with calls from politicians and the public for the men to be lynched.