Four men accused of brutal rape in India shot dead by police on visit to crime scene

6 December 2019, 07:07 | Updated: 6 December 2019, 07:17

Police at the crime scene in India where the men were shot dead
Police at the crime scene in India where the men were shot dead. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

Four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India have been fatally shot by police.

The men were killed on a visit to the crime scene. Police said one of the suspects tried to grab an officer's gun and escape. All of the suspects were killed at around 3.30am local time, according to Priya, a police sub-inspector in Hyderabad who goes by one name.

The suspects were taken to reconstruct the crime scenes, both where the rape is suspected of taking place and the spot where the woman's body was burned about 600 yards away, according to Shreedharan, an official in the police commissioner's office who uses one name.

Members of the public cheer the news after learning the suspects had been shot dead
Members of the public cheer the news after learning the suspects had been shot dead. Picture: PA

The burned body of the 27-year-old veterinary doctor was found last week by a passer-by in an underpass in Hyderabad after she went missing the previous night.

People throw petals over police after the suspects were killed on a visit to the crime scene
People throw petals over police after the suspects were killed on a visit to the crime scene. Picture: PA

The high-profile case has sparked protests across India.

About 300 people gathered at the crime scene in Shadnagar, a town in the state of Telangana about an hour south-west of Hyderabad, to praise police for fatally shooting the suspects.

Some hugged officers and lifted them into the air chanting "long live police", while others showered them with flowers.

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