Four men have been arrested in connection with the gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman veterinary doctor, whose burnt body was found near an underpass on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Thursday.
The Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanpur told reporters that the two lorry drivers and their accomplices hatched a plan to rape the woman when they saw her park her scooter at the toll plaza in Shamshabad on Wednesday evening.
The woman had taken a cab to Gachibowli and returned to pick up the scooter around 9 pm when she realised that one of the tires had been deflated.
“The tire of the scooter was deflated by one of the accused. This suggests that the four accused had closely monitored her movements and the entire crime was premeditated”, said the police commissioner.
Commissioner Sajjanpur said that one of the accused approached the woman on the pretext of helping her. “The other three accused then dragged her to an empty plot where they took turns to rape her. The accused smothered her because she was screaming for help. As a result, the woman died of asphyxiation,” he added.
Sajjanpur said that after analysing the chain of events, he believes that the crime took place between 9.35 pm and 10 pm. “All the men then put the body in a truck. They drove to some distance on the highway and bought petrol from the nearest petrol pump. When they found an isolated spot, they dumped the body there and set it on fire,” he said.
The police have registered a case under 376 (punishment for rape), 302 (punishment for murder) and sections of Nirbhaya Act.