In the early hours of Friday, 6th December, all four men accused in the rape and murder of a female veterinarian in Hyderabad, were killed, in what was reported as an encounter with the police. According to this report, “as per initial reports, the four accused were shot after they had been taken to the spot on NH-44 near Hyderabad for recreation of the crime scene and they tried to escape.”
Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar has confirmed this series of events, saying the “accused were killed in encounter in wee hours“. He also mentioned that the incident took place between 3 am and 6 am.
According to the police, the accused had been taken to the scene of the crime at 3 am for reconstruction, which was a part of the ongoing investigations. The police along with the accused was around 60 kms from Hyderabad; at the spot where the charred body of the woman vet was found.
As per the police’s account of events, one of the accused signalled to the other, in what seemed to be an attempt to escape. Additional reports suggest that two of the accused attacked the cops and tried to grab their weapons. Following this, the cops took action and fired at the men.
The four men were arrested on 29th November, and the investigation was in full swing, as the Telangana government has ordered a fast-track court to be set up to try the case.