The police have taken four suspects into custody. (Representational)
Political leaders have condemned the incident in which a 26-year-old veterinarian was burnt to death and her body was found near Hyderabad on Thursday. Four people have been taken into custody and the police suspect that she may have been raped before she was murdered.
The 26-year-old veterinarian had gone missing on Wednesday night after she left from her workplace and was headed home. Investigations revealed that on her way back, she stopped at a toll booth, parked her bike there and took a cab to visit a dermatologist. In a CCTV clip, she is seen on a bike near a toll booth in Shamshabad, on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
When she returned to the toll booth at around 9 pm on Wednesday, she found her two-wheeler punctured. On Thursday morning, her clothes, handbag, footwear and a liquor bottle were found by the police near the toll booth where she had parked her bike.
Here are the LIVE updates on Telangana murder case:
Four people taken into custody: Cyberabad Police
Cyberabad Police on rape and murder of a woman veterinary doctor: After investigation four people were taken into custody at Shadnagar police station, their names are Mohammad Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu.
Cyberabad Police: Request will be made to handover the case to the fast track court, Mahbubnagar to expedite the prosecution for maximum punishment to the accused persons.
Need stricter laws: Akshay Kumar
Actor Akshay Kumar says whether it is in Hyderabad, in Tamil Nadu or the law student gangraped in Ranchi, we seem to be losing it as a society.
"It has been 7 yrs to the gut-wrenching Nirbhaya case and our moral fabric continues to be in pieces. We need stricter laws. This needs to STOP!" he tweeted.
Culprits should be hanged: National Commission for Women
Rekha Sharma, National Commission for Women Chairperson, says: "It feels like there are wolves on streets who are just waiting to pounce on a woman. The culprits should be arrested soon and hanged, if found guilty."
Centre to issue advisory over crime against women
The Centre says it will send an advisory to all states to take precautionary steps to check crime against women in the wake of the murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy says he has been in constant touch with officials of the Telangana government so that those involved in the woman's murder are caught and punished.
"The Ministry of Home Affairs will send an advisory to all states as a precautionary measure so that no such incident takes place in future," he says.
Shocked to hear about Telangana murder: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader says he is shocked to hear about the brutal rape and murder in Hyderabad.
"How anyone could subject another human being to such terrible, unprovoked violence is beyond imagination. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family at this time of immense grief," he has tweeted.
She Called Sister, Not 100: Telangana Minister
A Telangana Minister says that the incident could have been averted if she had called the police instead of her sister upon finding people around her behaving suspiciously.
"We are saddened by the incident, the police is alert and controlling crime. She was an educated woman, and yet she called her sister instead of 100. Had she called 100, she would have been saved. 100 is a friendship number, and we have to spread awareness on this among the people," Telangana Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali told news agency ANI.
Mr Ali went on to term Telangana's police force as the most efficient in the country, and gave his assurance that the culprits would be identified and brought to justice at the earliest.
Deeply pained and anguished: Telangana top cop
Telangana's Director General of Police Mahendar Reddy says: ""Deeply pained and anguished. Telangana police will do everything possible at its command to catch the offenders at the earliest and get them convicted through a fast-track trial. Anyone, anytime, anywhere in distress, please Dial 100."