4 accused in Hyderabad rape-murder case killed in police encounter

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Hyderabad: The four accused in the recent case of rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed, reportedly in an encounter, by the Telangana police early Friday.

While full details are awaited, a senior police official said the incident took place around 6.30 am near Chattanpally in Shadnagar, the same spot on the outskirts of the city where the crime had taken place.

“There was an incident and the four accused have been killed. It happened near Shadnagar where the crime had taken place,” said the senior official, who did not want to be named.

Unconfirmed media reports said the accused Mohd. Areef, J. Naven, J. Shiva and Chennakeshavulu were taken to the crime spot for reconstruction of events, when they tried to escape and were shot dead.

The incident, which took place under the Cyberabad police commissionerate limits, sparked huge outrage across the state and the country. The 27-year old veterinary doctor was abducted and raped on 27 November after the accused offered her help when her bike got punctured. The victim’s charred remains were found later.

The issue also took centre stage in both Houses of Parliament on Monday with political parties unanimously demanding stringent measures to ensure women’s safety. Lawmakers cutting across party lines expressed outrage on the growing number of crimes against women in India.

 

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