Police in India shot dead four men accused in a rape-murder case that started protests throughout the country. The four men were accused of the November 27 gang rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in the city of Hyderabad. The woman’s body was burned after the sexual assault in an apparent effort to destroy evidence.
Telangana State Police arrested the four men the next day, and they had been in custody ever since. Police said that on Friday, around 3:30 a.m. local time, the four were taken to the crime scene to walk police through a reconstruction of the crime.
Police said they tried to grab weapons from the officers and were then killed in a shootout.
On November 27, the four suspects allegedly saw the veterinarian parking her scooter near a toll booth on a highway. Police said they flattened her tire and then waited for her to come back.
They offered to fix her scooter and took her to a truck yard where the alleged gang rape took place. Police say the woman was strangled to death before her body was set on fire under a bridge.