Meeting in Hyderabad: for the four accused violations, life ended where it all began

CHATTANPALLI: Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, this indescribable town with rice paddies and tomatoes has come to life after the four men accused of rape in a group and murder of a veterinarian died in a meeting on Friday.

The bodies of the four with one seen with a gun in one hand lay in the place just a few hundred meters from where they had allegedly burned the 27-year-old woman just a week after raping and killing her.

Surrounded by rice paddies and tomato fields at some distance on one side and the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national road on the other, the stretch of uncultivated land where the bodies lay for legal formalities was riddled with a battery of mediators and curious spectators.

The war scene warnings do not cross greeted the mediators of the village, 50 km from Hyderabad, as they were allowed to witness the meeting place from a distance.

Curious spectators gathered on the road, with a section of them raising slogans calling the police for their action against the accused, with some citizens spreading flower petals at the place where the woman's charred body was found on November 28 as A sign of paying tribute to here.

From the morning, a constant flow of people arrived at the site of the 'meeting' located on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru road and congratulated the police and raised slogans such as 'Teindagana police zindabad' and We have justice.

Many felt that such police action will act as a deterrent for others to commit similar crimes.

The charred body of the woman, who worked as an assistant veterinarian in a state hospital, was found under a sewer in Shadnagar, near here, on November 28 in the morning, one day after her disappearance.

The four defendants, all truck workers who were just over 20 years old, were arrested on November 29 for allegedly raping the woman, killing her, suffocating her and finally burning her body.

The horrific assault caused national outrage, with members of civil society, women's rights activists and even parliamentarians who called for the toughest possible punishment for the accused.