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Indian police shoot dead 4 men accused of killing vet, drawing cheers

Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinary surgeon in the city of Hyderabad, a police official said, drawing applause from her family and citizens outraged over crimes against women.

The men had been in police custody and were shot near the scene of last week’s crime, said N Prakash Reddy, a deputy commissioner of police in Shamshabad, near Hyderabad.

“In the morning, at around 6-6.30, our persons have come to reconstruct the scene of crime and the accused have tried to snatch their weapons, and there was a crossfire. In this, all the four accused have died. Two policemen have been injured,” Reddy said.

No details were immediately available about how many police had escorted the four accused and whether they were handcuffed or roped together as is usually the case.

Earlier a local police official had put the time of the deaths at around 3:30am. There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.

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