The nation got a shock wave after a female veterinarian based in Telangana’s Hyderabad was allegedly raped, brutally smothered, before setting her ablaze and dumping her charred body on Wednesday, Nov 25. The female veterinarian hailing from Shadnagar of Hyderabad was heading to her residence in the night of Nov 25 when her motorcycle’s tyre turned flat. As per reports by media, the 26-year old victim had parked her motorcycle near a truck parked by the accused near the toll plaza at Outer Ring Road (ORR) at Shamshabad. The accused identified and taken into custody are named Mohammed Areef (driver), Jollu Naveen (cleaner), Chennakeshavulu (cleaner) and Jollu Shiva (driver).
As per the police report, the victim was approached by the four accused who offered her help in her hardship to handle her motorcycle. As per victim’s younger sister who the former had first called around 9.22pm on the day of incident to narrate her ordeal. However, the victim told her sister that one of the accused had gone to repair her scooter and asked her to speak to her till he returns. “You keep talking until my scooter comes back. They (the remaining 3 accused) are waiting outside. I am scared.” victim’s younger sister told police in her report. The victim, according to her younger sister, hung up the call promising to call back. However, the victim’s phone went switched off around 9.44pm. This created fear among the victim’s family which made her sister reach the toll plaza. To her surprise, she couldn’t trace her sister near and around toll plaza, subsequent to which, the family reached the police station to file the case.
As per the police report, the victim was first forced to consume whiskey mixed in a soft drink and was allegedly raped for hours. The victim died of suffocation as the accused kept her mouth and nose jammed by their hands while they committed the crime. The accused allegedly raped the victim even when she had died. Feared of the gravity of the sin and the crime committed by them, the four accused decided to burn the body to hide her identity. They drove the truck until they found an isolated bridge at Shadnagar of Ranga Reddy district where they dumped the victim’s body covered in a blanket, by setting it ablaze. It was around 25km away from the Toll Plaza where she was picked up by the accused.
The incident has not just brought the Hyderabad city under the scanner but also raised questions on the city police’s claim of providing security to the citizens. The angry protestors have demanded action on the culprits and giving a horrific death penalty to the accused. After media and protestors raised pressure, three police officials including a Sub-Inspector rank official from Cyberabad police station had to bear the brunt for allegedly delaying in the registration of the First Information Report (FIR) in the case.
All the four accused are under arrest and in a rare seen step, the Mandal Executive Magistrate had stepped into the Shadnagar police station to send the four accused in the 14 day judicial custody. The accused couldn’t be produced in the fast track court citing tense situation outside the police station. The police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protestors who were demanding public death execution of the accused without any inquiry or trial.
A police advisory has been issued by the Commissioner of Police (CP), Anjani Kumar, to the women for their safety. The advisory includes steps like informing family/friends about their whereabouts, sharing the image of the number plates/contact details of the cab drivers, always be ready to call 100, etc.