Hyderabad Encounter: Took Rape Accused to Recreate Crime Scene at 3:30 am, They Tried to Escape, Say Police
Police officials said the four accused tried to escape custody when they were taken to the crime scene around 50 km from Hyderabad for a reconstruction of the crime.
Police personnel at the site where the four accused were killed in an encounter on Friday morning in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad: All four accused arrested last week for the gruesome rape and murder of a 26-year-old veterinarian were shot dead in an alleged encounter early on Friday, Cyberabad Police said.
Police officials said the four accused — Mohammed (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) — tried to escape custody when they were taken at 3:30am to the crime scene near Shadnagar, around 50 km from Hyderabad. Police said the quartet was taken to the spot for a reconstruction of the crime.
"The four accused were killed in an encounter with police," Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said.
A senior police official said that two policemen were also injured in the incident, but did not specify the nature of injuries or how the accused managed to get hold of weapons.
The four bodies have been taken to a government hospital.
As the news of the alleged encounter spread, people gathered near the scene on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway.
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day a court in Shadnagar had sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad. A court on Wednesday had remanded the accused to police custody for seven days.
Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial.
Massive protest was held outside Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to court. The demonstrators demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into the custody.
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nationwide outrage with lawmakers demanding public lynching of the accused on the floor of Parliament.
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