Police officers stand guard as people attend a protest demanding justice over the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian Priyanka Reddy in Hyderabad, India, November 30, 2019 © Reuters / Vinod Babu
The four men accused of raping and murdering 27yo woman on the outskirts of Hyderabad, have confessed to the gruesome crime. Meanwhile mass protests swept across the state, resulting in heated standoffs with police.
Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of Hyderabad, and elsewhere across the state of Telangana, as the accused appeared before a district magistrate on Saturday. Police had to call in reinforcements to prevent lynching and escort the suspects thought the angry masses in one piece.
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As the crowd grew increasingly violent, throwing slippers at the officers and refusing to let them pass, police were forced use batons to disperse the mob.
The accused – two lorry drivers and their accomplices, identified as Mohammed Areef (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) – confessed to the crime and were sent to 14-day pre-trial custody.
The gang deliberately punctured one of the wheels of Priyanka Reddy’s bike to stall her and offer “help” with repairs, police commissioner VC Sajjanar told a press conference. She was then dragged away from the toll road, raped and strangled. Her body was taken some 25km away and burnt under a bridge.
The harrowing crime resonated throughout Indian society, with crowds of protesters virtually besieging the police station since Friday, demanding that the accused be publicly hanged or burned to death. Authorities promised to fast-track the proceedings, making everything possible to make sure they are sentenced to death.Also on rt.com ‘I’m so scared!’ India shocked by brutal rape & murder of young vet, touched by her last words
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