With Crowd Frenzy Mounting In Telangana Vet Rape-cum-Murder Case, Accused Sent To Judicial Custody

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New Delhi: A magistrate in Telangana's Shadnagar town sent all four accused in the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian to judicial custody for 14 days. Mandal Executive Magistrate passed the orders at Shadnagar police station as the accused could not be produced in fast-track court at Mahabubnagar due to non-availability of the judge and also because of the prevailing tension outside the police station. Accused Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen are likely to be shifted to Mahabubnagar jail.

Earlier, three doctors of a government hospital were also brought to the police station as the angry protests by citizens in front of the police station demanding death for the accused created a lot of ruckus. After repeated requests by officials failed to pacify the crowd, the police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the protestors. The magistrate was brought to the police station through the back door. Demanding that the accused be publicly hanged, citizens staged a protest at the police station since morning.

Raising slogans of "we want justice", angry local residents, members of women's groups and students squatted in front of the police station in the town, about 50 km from Hyderabad. They were demanding that the accused be hanged immediately without inquiry and trial. Some protestors said these criminals had no place in society and hence they should be killed. Police tightened the security and deployed additional force around the police station to prevent violence.

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