Four accused arrested for gang-rape and murder of Dr. Priyanka Reddy

Four accused arrested for gang-rape and murder of Dr. Priyanka Reddy

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Cyberabad Commissioner of Police VC Sajjanar has said that at least four suspects were arrested on Friday for the gang-rape and murder of a 22-year-old veterinary doctor, Priyanka Reddy, whose burnt body was found near Shadnagar town.

He also said that it was a pre-planned rape and murder and the accused were said to have kept a watch on the victim's movements. The four arrested include a lorry driver and a cleaner and have been identified as Mohammed, 26, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, all 20.

The tyre of her vehicle, which she had parked near the Tondupalli toll plaza, was deliberately punctured and she was unintentionally snared by the culprits.

“She was forcibly taken by these four men who were drunk at that time, at around 9:40 pm, after she made her last call to her sister. As per the postmortem reports, she has been gang-raped and tortured before they strangled and killed her in an empty plot behind the Tondupally toll plaza at the Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad," he added.

Sajjanar said the accused had first tried to break into an empty shed and then attempted to push her through its window, but had failed on both counts. "So they committed the act in the open land. Sajjanar said the accused took the body and her two-wheeler in a lorry. "They removed the licence plates and left the vehicles 40 km from the site, after which they went to a bridge near Shadnagar town in Ranga Reddy district, knowing it was a desolate place," he said. "Then they wrapped her body in a bed sheet, poured kerosene and burnt her. They left the burnt body there and escaped."

Telangana's senior cabinet minister KT Rama Rao earlier on Friday said he will personally monitor the case, saying he was "outraged and deeply anguished by the murder".

State Home Minister Ali said the accused will be tried in a fast-track court. The government will try to ensure that the guilty are awarded the death penalty, he added. Ali said the case will be tried like the one relating to the rape and murder of a nine-month-old girl in Warangal.