Rapists encounters in vet's rape and murder case
The encounter scene in Telangana

Early this morning, all 4 men accused in Telangana gang-rape case were shot dead in a police encounter. The police claimed that the accused were taken to the crime scene to recreate the crime for a police investigation. The police added that the accused tried to run away when the police had to shoot them.

They were accused of the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Telangana. The four accused abducted, raped, killed her by smothering and then burned her body. The four men, Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), were taken to the scene where the woman’s body was found charred at 3 am. After some time one of them signalled to others, probably to escape.

The police claim that they shot them in self-defence, as two of the accused snatched the guns from them and started shooting.”They were killed in the crossfire. They tried to snatch weapons from the guards but were shot dead,” Prakash Reddy, a deputy commissioner of police in Hyderabad, said, adding that the men died before any medical help could arrive.

Few people gathered on the bridge above the scene and also showered flowers on the police officials.

The four accused were in the police custody since Wednesday. There has been massive outrage after the rape and murder case came in light. The matter was discussed in the parliament as well, where SP MP Jaya Bachchan also said that the rapists should be lynched.

The encounter that happened early in the morning has also received mixed views as many welcomed it including the sister of the vet, the others say that they are losing trust in the legal system of India.

Reacting to the killing of the four accused in the encounter, the victim’s sister said they welcomed it. “We are happy. We did not expect this (killing in the encounter). We thought they would be hanged through courts.”

“We thank everyone who stood by us. With this incident people should be scared to indulge in such crimes (against women),” she told reporters.

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