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

The four accused were reportedly killed in police firing when they were brought to the crime scene for recreation of the crime and tried to flee

4 accused in Hyderabad rape-murder case reportedly killed in encounter
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All four accused arrested in connection with the rape-and-murder of a 26-year-old woman veterinarian in Hyderabad last month were killed in an alleged encounter with the police on Friday morning, the Cyberabad police said.

"The four accused were killed in an encounter with the police," Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said.

The four men, all lorry workers, aged between 20 and 24, were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body.

They were in remanded to 7 days' judicial custody.

They were taken to the crime scene Friday morning by the police as part of the investigation, a source said.

"They fired upon the police team and we retaliated in self-defence. Two of our men are also injured in the incident," the source told.

The gang rape-and-murder triggered a nation-wide outrage with the public and lawmakers demanding speedy punishment to the perpetrators.

The state government has ordered setting up of a fast track court to expedite the trial.

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MLA Kapil Mishra took to Twitter and expressed his happiness over the news of the early morning encounter.

"Thank you Hyderabad Police. This is the way to deal with rapists. Hope Police of other states will learn from you," Kapil Mishra said while retweeting a news report.

Source : India Today