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Police guns down Hyderabad vet’s rape and murder accused while they escaped

New Delhi: All four accused in the sensational Hyderabad veterinarian’s rape and murder case were killed as they tried to snatch weapons from police and escape from the scene of crime on Friday morning.

Police had taken them to the spot for reconstructing the scene leading to the gang-rape and murder of the woman on November 28.

According to police, one of the accused had gestured to the other three to flee after attacking the cops. They tried to run towards a deserted pathway when cops opened fire in self-defense.

Officials said that they had taken the four accused after midnight to reconstruct the scene where they had stopped to buy petrol and witness the place where they the woman’s two-wheeler was disposed.

This is the second such encounter in Telangana, where those accused of crime against women, have been shot dead while allegedly trying to escape from police custody. In December 2008, three accused of acid attack were killed by Warangal Police when they tried to attack the cops at the crime scene. V C Sajjanar, the Police Commissioner of Cyberabad, was SP of Warangal at the time.

Nationwide protest had erupted after charred body of a 26-year-old woman was found in an underpass on the outskirts of Hyderabad last week.

The Cyberabad police said the four accused had punctured the rear wheel of her scooter, offered to help her, dragged her to a secluded spot close to a toll plaza and raped her. It said the victim died due to suffocation and the accused later burnt her body.

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

The accused were identified as Mohammad Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu. Mohammad Areef (25), who worked as a driver, was the prime accused in the case.