All four accused in the rape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian were killed by the Telangana Police in the early hours of Friday. Police said the four were taken to Chattapally — where they had burnt the woman’s body — for crime reconstruction, when they allegedly tried to escape by attacking the cops.
The police alleged that one of the four accused had gestured to the other three to flee after attacking the cops. The four tried to run towards a deserted pathway when cops opened fire in self-defence, an official told The Indian Express.
“Will the police just watch if the accused attack them?” asked Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar. “Another reason we decided to take them out at night was to avoid any confrontation with public who are angry,” an official said.
Incidentally, 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 present Police Commissioner of Cyberabad was SP of Warangal at that time.