The four accused arrested in connection with the rape-and-murder of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian near here last month were killed in an alleged encounter with the police Friday morning, police said.
"The four accused were killed in an encounter with the police," Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said.
The four men, all lorry workers, aged between 20 and 24, were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping and killing the woman by smothering her and later burning her body.
They were in remanded to seven days' judicial custody.
demanding harsh punishment for the offenders. Parliament also discussed the issue, with several members expressing anguish at the dastardly act.
The victim was kidnapped from a lonely spot near a toll plaza on the national highway, where she was seeking help to get her two-wheeler repaired.
The police alleged that the four accused tried to escape from their custody when they took them to the site of the crime, where they wanted to ‘reconstruct’ the scene as part of the inquiry.
The bodies of Arif, the main accused, and Siva, Navin and Chennakeshavulu, have been shifted to a government hospital for post-mortem.
They tried to attack the police and escape, trying to take advantage of the darkness. The police had taken them to the site in order to reconstruct the crime scene at midnight last night. "They pelted stones at the police personnel, forcing the latter to open fire," the police said.