Telangana police have said that the four accused in the Shamshabad gang-rape and murder of a veterinary doctor were shot dead by police after they attacked police with sticks and stones. Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar said this while addressing a press conference after the encounter earlier today where he presented a detailed account of the incident.
The police commissioner said that the four accused were arrested based on lots of human intelligence and scientific evidence after the horrific crime. Police had interrogated all of them on 4th and 5th December after getting custody of them from the court. During the interrogation, they had confessed to the crime. Based on their confession the police had reached the spot in the early morning today to recover the mobile phone of the victim and objects related to the case, bringing the accused persons with them.
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But after reaching the spot, the accused persons attacked the policemen with stones and sticks and other materials. They also managed to snatch guns from two police personnel and started firing. Even after that the police officers maintained restraint and asked them to surrender, but they continued to fire at and attack the police party. After which the cops were forced to fire at them in retaliation, resulting in the death of all four. VC Sajjanar said that two police officers sustained grievous injuries in the incident, including one head injury, although none of them is bullet injuries. The police officer pointed towards the photographs of the scene which showed that the accused were lying with guns.
VC Sajjanar also informed that the police have done DNA profiling of the victim and the 4 accused, and will match them with crime data from the state to find whether they were involved in any other crime.
VC Sajjanar told the media that the incident took place between 5:45 AM to 6:15 AM today and there were 10 police personnel with them. He rejected the claim that they were brought to the scene in the night, saying they went there at the early morning. He revealed that along with the phone, the powerbank and watch of the victim were recovered from the spot which were hidden by the accused there. Rejecting the allegations of extra-judicial killing, VC Sajjanar said that “law has done its duty”.
The 27-year-old veterinary doctor was gang-rapped by the four on the night of 27th November, after which they had killed and burnt her by pouring petrol. Four persons Md Pasha, Naveen, Kesavulu and Siva were arrested on the basis of eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage, and they had confessed to the crime.