Telangana police have killed 4 men suspected of raping and killing a young female vet in Hyderabad last week.
In the early hours of Friday, the men were in police detention and were taken back to the scene of the crime.
An official of the Cyberabad police commissionerate, who confirmed the incident, said the encounter took place around 3.30 am under a bridge on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad national highway near Chattanpalli village at Shadnagar. This is the same place where the accused had committed the crime on the night of November 27 and the victim was found dead the next morning.
According to the police, the suspects were shot when they tried to steal the officers' guns and escape.
The 27-year-old victim's charred remains were discovered last Thursday - leading to outrage and protests over alleged police inaction.
All four, Mohammad Ali alias Mohammad Arif, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen Kumar and Chintakunta Chenna Keshavulu – had been taken to Chattanpalli to reconstruct the scene of crime.
“Cyberabad Police had brought the accused persons to the crime spot for re-construction of the sequence of events. The accused snatched weapon and fired on Police. In self-defence, the police fired back, in which the accused were killed,” news agency ANI reported DCP Shamshabad Prakash Reddy as saying.
After news of the killings surfaced, the victim's mother said that "justice has been done".