Hyderabad: In connection with the rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman veterinary doctor (Priyanka Reddy), four men have been arrested on November 28.
The Hyderabad police stated that the four accused, all belonging to Telangana’s Narayanpet district had confessed to the crime.
They were booked under sections 376 (rape) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanar at a press conference said: “The two accused lorry drivers and their accomplices, deliberately deflated one of the tyres of the woman’s two-wheeler before offering help in a plan to stall her before they dragged her away from the Tondupally toll plaza at Shamshabad”.
The police commissioner added that the woman died of asphyxiation (state or process of being deprived of oxygen, which can result in unconsciousness or death).
According to the police statement, the accused later transported the woman’s body and burned it near a drainage pipe on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway, about 25 km from the toll plaza.
The veterinarian had gone missing on November 27 night, while she was heading home from work. Investigations have revealed that on her way back, she was stopped at the Shamshabad toll booth where she parked her bike and took a cab to visit a dermatologist.
She found her two-wheeler punctured when she returned around 9 PM.
The body of the victim was noticed by some passersby on November 28 morning, who alerted the police later.
On November 29 the Center amid national outrage over the case said that it will send an advisory to all states to take precautionary measures to control crimes against women.
Union minister of state for home G Kishan told reporters “The Ministry of Home Affairs will send an advisory to all states as a precautionary measure so that no such incident takes place in future”.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi also expressed shock over the incident and said such “terrible, unprovoked violence” is beyond imagination.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son and municipal administration minister KT Rama Rao is personally monitoring the case.
Telangana Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali instead of accepting the failure of law and order in the state blamed the victim (Priyanka Reddy) for not calling 100 and instead of calling her sister for help.
However, later he also said that the accused will be tried in a fast-track court and the state government will try to ensure that the guilty are sentenced to death.
The victim’s sister told the police that her sister had called her on November 27 night, saying she was scared as there was a lorry nearby and some men had offered to help fix her flat tyre.