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All 4 Hyderabad rape, murder case accused killed in 'encounter'

Ten days after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police on Friday shot dead all the four accused in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
Ten days after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police on Friday shot dead all the four accused in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district.
 
Police said the accused were killed in retaliatory firing after they snatched weapons from the police and opened fire on them.
 
The incident occurred around 6 a.m. at Chatanpally near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
The accused were gunned down at a spot about 400 metres away from a bridge under which the accused had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said told reporters at the scene that the accused were brought to the spot around 5.45 a.m. by a 10-member police team to recover the mobile phone and other objects which they had hidden after burning the body.
 
He said the accused attacked police with stones, sticks and other sharp objects. Two of the accused also snatched firearms from policemen and opened fire.
 
"Still the police maintained restraint and ask them to surrender but they continued to fire. The police returned the fire and after a lull, when they checked they found all four dead," he said.
 
The police chief said the police found weapons in the hands of main accused Mohammed Arif and fourth accused Chennakeshavulu.
 
He said two police officers also received head injuries. However, they did not suffer bullet injuries.
 
Facing a volley of questions, the officer said the police weapons snatched by the accused were unlocked. He also said that accused were not handcuffed.
 
"Law has done its duty. That's all I can say," Sajjanar said when asked about criticism from some quarters that police took the law into its hands to kill the accused.
 
"We will submit reports to all concerned," the police chief said when asked about National Human Right Commission (NHRC) seeking report on the "encounter".
 
The four accused killed in the encounter were: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif, 26, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, 20, and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva, 20, and Jollu Naveen, 20. All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana.
 
As the news of the "encounter" spread, people gathered near the scene, off the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway. They raised slogans hailing the police.
 
Four executive magistrates conducted an inquest at the scene. The bodies were later shifted to a government-run hospital in Mahabubnagar for autopsy. They will later be handed over to their families.
 
The accused had committed the crime after trapping the accused near Tondupally toll gate on Outer Ring Road (ORR) by deflating one of the tyres of her parked scooter. When the victim came to pick up her two-wheeler, the accused approached her offering help and raped and killed her.
 
The charred body of the victim was found under the Chatanpally bridge.
 
The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day, a court in Shadnagar sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to the Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.
 
A court on December 2 had remanded the accused to the police custody for 10 days. The Police Commissioner said they interrogated the accused on December 4 and 5.
 
A massive protest was held outside the Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to the court. The protesters demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into judicial custody.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nationwide rage with demands for immediate death penalty for the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many have demanded that the accused be hanged in public.
 
Speaking in Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators involved in the horrific crime.
 
The Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial of the case.
 
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All 4 suspects in Hyderabad gang-rape, murder case shot dead

A week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town in the early hours of Friday.
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town.
 
The accused were killed when they allegedly snatched weapons from the police and tried to escape from Chatanpally near Shadnagar, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
Police sources said they were gunned down at the same spot where the accused had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
The accused were taken to the spot by the Cyberabad police for reconstruction of the crime scene as part of the investigations.
 
The four accused killed in the encounter were identified as: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from the Narayanpet district of Telangana.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar and other senior officials rushed to the "encounter" scene.
 
As the news of the "encounter" spread, people gathered near the scene on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway.
 
The four accused in the gang rape and murder case of 25-year-old veterinarian -- Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, both lorry drivers and Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen, both lorry cleaners - who were arrested on Friday night by Cyberabad Police. (File Photo: IANS)
The four accused in the gang rape and murder case of 25-year-old veterinarian -- Mohammed Arif, Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu, both lorry drivers and Jollu Shiva and Jollu Naveen, both lorry cleaners - who were arrested on Friday night by Cyberabad Police. (File Photo: IANS)
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day a court in Shadnagar had sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.
 
A court on Wednesday had remanded the accused to police custody for seven days. The police believed to have taken them into custody on Thursday. This was done secretly as police were anticipating law and order problems due to possible protest by people.
 
A massive protest was held outside Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to court. Hundreds of people demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into custody.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nation-wide rage with demands for immediate death penalty to the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many demanded that the accused be hanged in public.
 
Speaking in Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators of the horrific crime.
 
The Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial in the case.
 
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Modi invites entrepreneurs from across world to be part of India's growth story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
Modi, Ivanka Trump attend GES 2017 in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
"To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation," he said in his inaugural address at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 here, an event hosted by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.
 
The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
 
Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, is leading the US contingent to the three-day event.
 
"This event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It underlines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation," Mr. Modi said.
 
He noted that the topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment, which are important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind. 
 
"The theme 'Women First, Prosperity for All' makes this edition of GES stand out... We believe women empowerment is vital to our development," he said.
 
"Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from our women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions. Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.
 
"In India, we have provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.
 
"Here at the GES, more than 50 percent of the delegates are women. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported," he said.
 
"The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India's young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place," Mr. Modi said.
 
He said the number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any venture, in terms of outreach and job creation, he felt.
 
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He said the Government's Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online, he said.
 
He said the Government had taken several steps to improve the business environment. "The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this. We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency," he said.
 
"The process is not yet complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100th rank. We would strive towards 50th rank.  
 
"We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of upto one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned.  Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the Atal Innovation Mission and the opening of Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. 
 
"Our Mentor India initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition, 19 incubation centers have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable," he said.
 
He also mentioned Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. He said the Government now digitally provides monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.
 
"Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees, or over 10 billion dollars, have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.
 
"We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is processing almost 280 thousand transactions daily.
 
"Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.
 
"We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, the national gas grid, the national gas policy, the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, the rural and urban housing missions, and infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, and said they offered entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.
 
"Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.
 
"My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish. A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently improved this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.
 
"Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money. Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.
 
"India has improved its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country," he said.
 
Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, he said the Government had succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. 
 
"Our foreign exchange reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows," he said.
 
"I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit," he added.
 
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Kiran Reddy quits as Andhra Pradesh CM day after LS passes Telangana Bill

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.
Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Reddy resigns, quits Congress
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation today in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.
 
Mr Reddy handed in his papers to Governor E S L Narasimhan a day after, amid noisy schenes, the Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, which seeks to bifurcate the state to create the new state of Telangana.
 
Before driving down to Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation, Mr Reddy addressed a press conference at which he hit out at his Congress party for allegedly flouting Parliamentary procedures in its haste to get the Bill passed.
 
"I am ashamed. They did it like thieves, blacking out the live telecast. What was the need to do all this?" he asked.
 
Thanking the party for giving him the chance to serve as Chief Minister, he, however, made it clear that he could not continue in the Congress because, according to hi, it had betrayed the Telugu people.
 
He said he would also resign as a member of the Legislative Assembly as well as from the membership of the Congress.
 
Mr Reddy said the Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had got together in the Lok Sabha yesterday to get the Bill passed.
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He was particularly upset that the Bill was passed in the absence of several MPs from Andhra Pradesh, who had been suspended from the House for disrupting proceedings on February 13.
 
There has been media speculation about Mr Reddy planning to launch a new party but he did not touch the topic today. "My future is not important," he said when asked about it.
 
Some of his Cabinet colleagues from the Seemandhra region, who were opposed to the bifurcation of the state, and several legislators were present at the press conference.
 
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Hyderabad encounter: SC forms probe panel headed by ex-judge

The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted an inquiry commission headed by former Supreme Court judge V. S. Sirpurkar to conduct an inquiry into the "encounter" killing of the four men accused in the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad.
 
The other members of the commission are former Bombay High Court judge Rekha Baldota and former CBI director D. R. Karthikeyan.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and comprising Justices S. A. Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna said, "The commission will complete the inquiry in six months...and the chairman of the commission shall fix the first date of hearing at Hyderabad."
 
The Supreme Court also stayed proceedings initiated by Telangana High Court and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) into the Hyderabad encounter. The top court said that no other courts should entertain any plea pertaining to the case.
 
The top court grilled senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Telangana government, on many aspects of the alleged encounter of the accused by the state police, and emphasised there should be an independent and unbiased inquiry into this incident.
 
The Chief Justice queried Rohatgi on the details of the circumstances which led to the police firing at the accused. "Why were the police officials, accompanying the accused to the crime scene, carrying loaded guns...why did the accused attack the policemen with stones, when they had snatched arms...Were they history sheeters?" said the Chief Justice in a volley of questions.
 
The state government counsel said the accused attempting to escape from the police custody attacked the policemen with stones, and the policemen fired in retaliation.
 
The apex court also asked the state officials to show the medical report of the injured policemen in the incident. "Why would they use stones, if they have pistols? Where is the cartridge? Who recovered it? Where are all those things kept?" reiterated the Chief Justice.
 
The Chief Justice asked Rohatgi, "Are you prosecuting the policemen?" He replied, no, as there is no reason to prosecute them at this moment. Chief Justice replied, "People should know the truth. We may order their prosecution right away. Don't resist an inquiry."
 
The Chief Justice said that the trial against accused in this case is of no consequence since all four are dead now. "They can't present their case at all. The policemen will give their evidence. Be more fair... otherwise the trial will end up being a mockery," said the Chief Justice.
 
The court observed that there was a suggestion to restrain the media from publicising the proceedings of the inquiry commission and making comments in relation to the inquiry. "We accordingly issue notice to Press Council of India," said the court.
 
The police have claimed that the four accused men had attacked the police personnel and two of them even snatched weapons and opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate. Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said that all the four died in retaliatory fire. Two policemen were also injured, but these were not bullet injuries.
 
The incident occurred early in the morning last Friday (December 6) when the police team had taken the accused to recover the victim's mobile phone and watch which they had hidden near the place where they set afire the woman's body on the intervening night of November 27 and 28.
 
The accused had allegedly gang-raped and killed the veterinarian near the outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad and dumped the body and set it afire near Shadnagar.
 
On November 29, the police arrested two truck drivers and two cleaners in connection with the case. The next day they were sent to judicial custody. The police took custody of the accused on December 3 for interrogation.
 
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SC proposes retired judge to probe Hyderabad encounter

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it proposes to appoint a retired Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the Hyderabad 'encounter' involving the shooting down by the police of four persons accused of the rape and murder of a veterinarian.
 
Chief Justice S. A. Bobde said the court had initially asked former Supreme Court judge P. V. Reddi but he had declined to be involved in this inquiry. The apex court emphasised on an independent inquiry into the matter.
 
The Telangana government said it has complied with an earlier apex court judgement which laid down guidelines in encounter cases.
 
The apex court also asked the state to propose the name of a former judge and said it will conduct further hearing in the matter on Thursday.
 
The Supreme Court earlier agreed to hear a petition against the encounter on Wednesday.
 
It had  said that it will also examine what is being monitored by the Telangana High Court.
 
The petition filed by two lawyers on Saturday seeks registration of an FIR against the policemen involved in the encounter and an independent probe into the matter.
 
Petitioners G. S. Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav have sought directions for the registration of an FIR against the cops and an investigation by CBI, SIT, CID or a team of police officials from another state into the encounter.
 
The petition urged the apex court to direct an independent investigation into the matter in accordance with the guidelines laid down in connection with investigation (in PUCL Vs State of Maharashtra) in fake encounter killings.
 
The petition alleged that it was a stage-managed encounter to shield the alleged lapses committed the by police, which led to the commission of the gruesome offence of rape and murder.
 
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Football: All or nothing for Odisha, Hyderabad in ISL

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Odisha and Hyderabad will eye their second win in the Hero Indian Super League as the two sides come face-to-face at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Wednesday.
 
The teams have not exactly hit the ground running and find themselves in the wrong half of the table. While Odisha have six points from seven games and are placed seventh, Hyderabad are rock-bottom with just four points.
 
The teams have struggled in front of the goal as they have only two goals to show from their last four outings.
 
In their last four matches, Odisha FC have only managed to garner a single point which was away to Chennaiyin FC. Coach Josep Gombau has time and again spoken of his preference to play an expansive brand of football and not giving importance to yielding results through a pragmatic approach.
 
“Tomorrow is a crucial match. It is a massive game for us. It’s all or nothing. We are with a chance to get to nine points and we are close to fighting for the play-offs as well. It is important to take this mentality and not add pressure on yourselves,” said Gombau.
 
The Spanish coach would take heart from their performance against Bengaluru FC last week where they created numerous chances to not just equalize but pick three points. However, as has been their story, they have been wasteful in front of goal. The likes of Xisco Hernandez and Jerry Mawihmingthanga have created chances galore but the conversion rate has not been great.
 
Set-pieces have been an issue for the home side as four out of the nine goals they have conceded have come through free-kicks or corner-kicks.
 
Hyderabad FC coach Phil Brown has his hands full as he needs to get his team up and running following their 1-0 defeat to FC Goa. What would make matters worse is that Marcelinho, their star performer, is suspended for the tie after having accumulated four yellow cards.
 
Their away form is nothing to be proud of. Of the 14 goals against them, 10 have come on the road. But Brown projects a confident picture ahead of the Odisha game, emphasising that his team is about to turn a corner.
 
“We respect Odisha, their coach and players, but we are just around the corner from a good run. As a coach, it's my responsibility to make sure that players don't get frustrated with results because of the way we play but I don't think they are [frustrated].
 
“Odisha enjoy keeping possession in their games but possession doesn't necessarily win you games, taking the opportunities certainly does and that's what we will be trying to do tomorrow (Wednesday) night,” said Brown.
 
The good news for Brown is that centre-back Gurtej Singh and left-back Sahil Panwar are back in contention for a start. But influential midfielder Marko Stankovic will miss the game after suffering a hamstring tear in Hyderabad’s previous game against FC Goa.
 
It’s a battle between the underdogs and a win is something the teams desperately seek.
 
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SC to hear plea on Telangana encounter on Wednesday

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on Wednesday a petition on the "encounter" in Telangana in which the Cyberabad police shot dead all the four men accused of gang-raping and murdering a woman veterinarian on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of Friday.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it will also examine what is being monitored by Telangana High Court. 
 
The petition filed by two lawyers on Saturday has sought registration of an FIR against the policemen involved and an independent probe into the matter.
 
Petitioners G. S. Mani and Pradeep Kumar Yadav sought directions for the registration of an FIR and then an investigation by the CBI, an SIT, the CID or a team of police officials from another state into the encounter.
 
The petition urged the apex court that the independent investigation agency must be directed in accordance with the guidelines laid down in the matter of fake encounter killings.
 
The petition alleged that the encounter was stage-managed to shield the alleged lapses committed by the police, which led to the commission of the gruesome offence of rape and murder.
 
The second petition filed by advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, which is yet to be listed in the court, said that the killing of four arrested persons in police custody was allegedly committed due to political demand, and media trial raising hue and cry seeking immediate execution of the accused, without a trial, which is a serious violation of Article 21.
 
"It's a serious injury to the constitutional systems and endanger further life and liberty to the citizens of India," said Sharma in the petition.
 
The police claimed that the accused attacked the police personnel and two of them even snatched weapons and opened fire, forcing the police to retaliate. Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said that all the four died in retaliatory fire. Two policemen were also injured, but these were not bullet injuries.
 
The incident occurred early Friday when the police team had taken the accused to recover the victim's mobile phone and watch which they had hidden near the place where they set afire the woman's body on the intervening night of November 27 and 28.
 
The accused had allegedly gang-raped and killed the veterinarian near the outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad and dumped the body and set it afire near Shadnagar.
 
On November 29, the police arrested two truck drivers and two cleaners in connection with the case. The next day they were sent to judicial custody. The police took custody of the accused on December 3 for interrogation.
 
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Football: Goa back to winning ways with 1-0 victory over Hyderabad FC

Manvir Singh came off the bench to score the match-winner as FC Goa edged past Hyderabad FC 1-0 in the Hero Indian Super League clash at the GMC Balayogi Stadium here on Sunday.
 
Goa dominated proceedings for most parts but both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances before second-half substitute Manvir (68') headed in the decisive goal.
 
With the crucial three points away from home, Sergio Lobera's side climbed back into the top four after securing their first win in three games. They are now third with 12 points from seven matches. Hyderabad remain winless in four matches and are at the bottom of the table with four points.      
 
The hosts started on the front foot with an intent to take an early lead. Marko Stankovic's shot from inside the box was blocked away for a corner in the sixth minute. From the resulting corner swung in by Marcelinho, Rafael Gomez headed wide from six yards.
 
The momentum soon took a hit when Stankovic went down clutching his hamstring and had to be replaced by Giles Barnes.
 
The change in midfield allowed Goa to take control and keep the ball unopposed. Ahmed Jahouh's piledriver from outside the box fizzed just wide of Kamaljit Singh's post as the home team’s defence was kept on their toes.
 
At the other end, Hyderabad had a rare sight of the goal when a misguided clearance by Mohammed Nawaz fell for Mohammed Yasir who then forwarded the ball to Bobo. The Brazilian fed Marcelinho into the box and the talisman's powerful strike was saved well by the Goa custodian.
 
The search for the opening goal continued after the break and Goa dominated proceedings. Brandon Fernandes and Hugo Boumous combined well on the left flank before the latter was set free brilliantly by the India international. Boumous chose to go for goal on his own, but shot straight at Kamaljit.
 
The Hyderabad defence was finally broken after the hour-mark and it was second-half substitute Manvir Singh who made an impact from a corner-kick. In the 68th minute, Brandon delivered the set-piece into the box for the Indian striker who beat Adil Khan in the air to head the ball into the net.
 
Goa were more confident in possession and denied Hyderabad a way back into the game in the final few minutes. Boumous and Manvir had attempts on goal that were kept out by Kamaljit but the damage had been done.
 
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ISL: Goa look to get back to winning ways in Hyderabad

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Goa will be eyeing a vital win when they take on Hyderabad FC in a Hero Indian Super League (HSL) clash at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium here on Sunday.
 
After picking up only one point in their previous two matches, Sergio Lobera’s team have a chance to climb into the top four if they manage a victory against the bottom-placed hosts.
 
Hyderabad FC, with just four points from six games, can leapfrog a couple of teams if they manage to upset the Gaurs who are currently fifth with nine points.
 
The home side come into this fixture on the back of a 1-1 draw where Robin Singh’s late equalizer helped them pick a point against defending champions Bengaluru FC.
 
However, their midfield has looked disjointed at times, both in terms of stopping the opposition’s attacks or being creative themselves. The hosts have conceded a league-high of 13 goals and that would surely concern coach Phil Brown.
 
The good news for Brown is that he has had nine days to prepare his team for the coming tie when he would have addressed these issues.
 
Striker Giles Barnes has improved his fitness and could possibly be handed a start alongside Marcelinho. Adil Khan, too, has joined training after recovering from the knock he suffered while on international duty. Defenders Sahil Panwar and Gurtej Singh, however, will miss the tie owing to suspensions. Brown could deploy Nikhil Poojary as a left-back with Ashish Rai on the opposite flank.
 
“Every coach in the world will have injuries and suspension issues. The most important thing for us is that the treatment room is empty now. But we have two suspended from the same position. But, I also think that we have a good mindset at the moment regardless of who is playing in that position,” said Brown.
 
“We are coming out in the ISL as a group. The energy is in the group. The suspensions of Gurtej and Sahil are normal -- these things happen in football. The competition is at its best since I have been to India,” he said.
 
Lobera, on the other hand, has been boosted by the return of some key players. He now has the option to select Hugo Boumous and Seiminlen Doungel who return from their suspensions. Star striker Ferran Corominas hasn’t started their last two outings and it remains to be seen if the Spaniard will recover to be fit for the game on Sunday. Strikingly, in his absence, Goa have only picked a point from a possible six.
 
The Spanish coach hasn’t had his full quota of foreign players for a single game this season and he will be hampered by the absence of the suspended centre-back Mourtada Fall against Hyderabad. Thankfully, midfielder Ahmed Jahouh is also back in the reckoning after his one-match ban which will ease some pressure on Lobera.
 
Goa have made it a habit to score late goals and bail themselves out of potential defeats. However, they have been guilty of not being able to dominate games as was witnessed in the previous two editions.
 
“This is the most difficult season in the last three years. The other teams have signed big players. All the teams are very competitive. We are better but the situation now is very competitive,” said Lobera.
 
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Preserve bodies of accused till December 9, orders Telangana HC

The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, who were killed by the police in an alleged 'encounter' near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana. (File Photo: IANS)
The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the authorities to preserve, till December 9, the bodies of all four accused gunned down by the police near Shadnagar town during the investigation into the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian.
 
The court issued the direction after an emergency hearing late Friday evening. Various human rights and women's organisations made a representation in the office of the Chief Justice, requesting judicial intervention into what they called "extra-judicial killings" of the four accused.
 
The matter will come up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice R. S. Chauhan on December 9.
 
All the four accused were killed by police in an alleged exchange of fire near Shadnagar town early Friday. Police claimed that the accused snatched weapons from the police party and opened fire and, in the retaliatory fire by police, all four were killed.
 
The bodies of the four youth were shifted to a government-run hospital in Mahabubnagar, where the autopsy was done. The bodies were preserved in the hospital's mortuary.
 
Advocate General B. S. Prasad informed the High Court that a team of forensic experts from Hyderabad's Gandhi Hospital conducted the autopsy and the entire process was videographed. The court directed that the video be handed over to the Mahabubnagar district judge, who, in turn, will submit the same to the bench.
 
The petition, signed by as many as 15 organisations, alleged that the encounter was carried out in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines.
 
They sought autopsy by experts from New Delhi or from states other than Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. They also sought orders to constitute an independent court-monitored committee to examine FIRs registered in the case, records of government vehicles used by all police officers engaged in the encounter, their call details records and the preservation of evidentiary material.
 
The groups also demanded that all police personnel who participated in the killing of four accused be immediately arrested and prosecuted. They said the investigation into this case should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) since the Telangana Police cannot be trusted to be fair in the matter.
 
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Hyderabad encounter: NHRC orders spot inquiry by its investigation team

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of four persons accused in the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad in an encounter with the police, today ordered a spot inquiry by its investigation team.
 
According to media reports, all four accused were taken at around 3:00 AM to the scene of the crime, around 60 km from Hyderabad for a re-construction as part of the investigation.
 
As per the police version, one of the accused signalled to the others, possibly to escape and they tried to snatch weapons from the police personnel.  The police fired on them and they were killed allegedly in cross-firing.
 
The Commission is of the opinion that this matter is required to be probed very carefully. Accordingly, it has asked its Director General (Investigation) to immediately send a team for an on-the-spot investigation into the matter.
 
The team of the Investigation Division of the Commission, headed by an SSP, is expected to leave immediately and submit its report at the earliest.
 
The Commission has already taken cognizance of the increasing cases of rape and sexual assault on women across the country and a detailed report has been called for from all State governments and police heads as well as from the Union Ministry of Women & Child Development.
 
The Commission has already expressed its view about the lack of Standard Operating Procedure to immediately respond to the panic situations by the police authorities. The Commission has been insisting upon all law enforcing agencies to keep human rights angle in their view while dealing with the persons arrested by them or being kept in their custody.
 
The right to life and equality before the law are the basic human rights recognized and granted by the Constitution of India, it said.
 
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1st T20I: Hetmyer, Lewis lift Windies to imposing 207/5 against India

West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his half-century during the first T20I match between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on December 6, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer celebrates his half-century during the first T20I match between India and West Indies at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on December 6, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
The West Indies on Friday posted a mammoth 207/5 for India to chase in the first T20I between the two sides at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here.
 
Shimron Hetmyer slammed 56 off 41 balls while Evin Lewis got 40 off 17 while captain Kieron Pollard and Jason Holder too used the long handle to good effect to help the visitors post an imposing total.
 
West Indies lost their first wicket early with Deepak Chahar getting Lendl Simmons to nick to Rohit Sharma at slips. However, this was followed by a 51-run stand between Lewis and Brandon King that let West Indies dominate the Powerplay overs.
 
The visitors' next big stand came between Hetmyer and Pollard. The pair added 71 runs for the fourth wicket and were saved by some uncharacteristic slackness from India in the field.
 
Hetmyer survived when his attempted sweep off Yuzvendra Chahal in the 16th over was misjudged by Washington Sundar.
 
Pollard then survived a hat-trick of dropped catches in the next over. The first was by Sundar once again, this time running in from long-on. Rohit Sharma then caught the ball momentarily on the boundary line behind the bowler but had to let go just as he went over the ropes. The next ball slipped right through his hands at long-on and went for a six in what was an otherwise regulation catch.
 
Both Pollard and Hetmyer were then dismissed in the 18th over, falling to Chahal, but Holder smashed 24 off just nine balls to ensure that the West Indies ended the innings on a high.
 
Brief scores: West Indies 207/5 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 56, Evin Lewis 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/36)
 
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All 4 accused in Hyderabad gang rape, murder case shot dead

More than a week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on Friday.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
The scene of an alleged encounter in which the four men accused of the gang-rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad a week ago were shot dead by the police near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on December 6, 2019.
More than a week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged "encounter" near Shadnagar town of Telangana's Ranga Reddy district on Friday.
 
The accused were gunned down when they allegedly tried to snatch weapons from the police and escape. Police sources said they acted in self defence.
 
The incident occurred between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. at Chatanpally near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
The accused were gunned down about 400 meters away from a bridge under which they had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang-rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
The accused were taken to the spot by the Cyberabad police for reconstruction of the crime scene as part of the investigations.
 
The four accused killed in the encounter were: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26), Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20) and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from Narayanpet district of Telangana.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar and other senior officials rushed to the "encounter" scene.
 
As the news of the "encounter" spread, people gathered near the scene, off the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway. They raised slogans hailing the police.
 
The accused had committed the crime after trapping the girl near a toll gate on Outer Ring Road (ORR) by deflating one of the tyres of her parked scooter. When the victim came to pick up her bike, the accused approached her, offering help, and raped and killed her.
 
The charred body of the victim was found under the Chatanpally bridge.
 
The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day a court in Shadnagar sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to the Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.
 
A court on Wednesday had remanded the accused to police custody for seven days. The police are believed to have taken them into custody on Thursday. This was done secretly as the police were anticipating law and order problems due to possible protests by people against the accused.
 
A massive protest was held outside the Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to court. The protesters demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into judicial custody.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nationwide rage with demands for immediate death penalty for the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many have demanded that the accused be hanged in public.
 
Speaking in Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators involved in the horrific crime.
 
The Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial of the case.
 
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All 4 accused in Hyderabad gang-rape, murder shot dead

Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Members of BJP Mahila Morcha at a candlelight vigil to protest against the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian in Hyderabad, on December 2, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Police on Friday shot dead all four accused in the gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian in an encounter near Shadnagar town.
 
The accused were killed early Friday morning when they allegedly tried to escape from Chatanpally near Shadnagar, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
They were gunned down at the same spot where the accused had dumped the victim's body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang-rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
The accused were taken to the spot for reconstruction of crime scene as part of the investigations.
 
The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nation-wide rage with demands for immediate death penalty to the perpetrators.
 
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Ready to make strictest law: Govt on Hyd rape-murder

Condemning the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad last week, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asserted that the government is ready to make strictest laws to stop such crimes in future.
File photo of Parliament
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Condemning the gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad last week, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday asserted that the government is ready to make strictest laws to stop such crimes in future.
 
As the Deputy Leader of the House, the Minister said "no act could be as inhuman as this incident which happened in Hyderabad".
 
"Entire country is hurt. All lawmakers cutting across party lines have condemned the incident and demanded to give harsher punishment to the accused involved in the incident.
 
"After the Nirbhaya incident, a strict law was made and people thought that the number of such incidents would go down," Singh said.
 
"But, such gruesome acts have been happening continuously."
 
He told Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to hold a detailed discussion over the issue. "Keeping in sentiments of the House, the government is ready to make necessary changes in the provisions for making stricter law."
 
The Minister spoke on the issue after the opposition raised the matter for the second time in the House during Zero Hour and various leaders sought strict punishment for the culprits involved in the Hyderabad rape and murder case as well as sought to make a tough law to put a curb on such crimes.
 
Earlier, the opposition members led by the Congress raised the gang rape issue with the Speaker advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.
 
Soon after the House assembled for the day, several opposition members were on their feet seeking permission from Birla to raise the issue.
 
The gruesome rape and murder on November 27 in the Ranga Reddy district has evoked protests across the country with people demanding harsh punishment for the perpetrators.
 
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Opposition raises Hyderabad rape-murder in LS

Opposition members in the Lok Sabha led by the Congress on Monday raised the issue of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman veterinary doctor in Hyderabad with Speaker Om Birla advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.
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Opposition members in the Lok Sabha led by the Congress on Monday raised the issue of the gang-rape and murder of a young woman veterinary doctor in Hyderabad with Speaker Om Birla advising them to take up the matter in Zero Hour.
 
Soon after the House assembled for the day, several opposition members were on their feet seeking permission from Birla to raise the issue.
 
The Lok Sabha Speaker said the House is also concerned about the incident and that he would allow lawmakers to raise the issue after the Question Hour.
 
The gruesome rape and murder of the 27-year-old woman has evoked protests across the country with people demanding harsh punishment for the perpetrators.
 
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3 policemen suspended in Hyderabad vet's rape and murder case

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The Cyberabad police on Saturday suspended three policemen, including a sub-inspector, for the delay in registering a missing case of a woman veterinarian, who was later found gang-raped and murdered at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Wednesday night.
 
Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar said the police personnel were suspended for dereliction of duty. According to a statement from the Commissioner's office on Saturday night, a detailed inquiry has found that they delayed the registration of an FIR relating to the missing woman on the intervening night of November 27 and 28.
 
M. Ravi Kumar, Sub-Inspector of Police, Shamshabad Police Station, P. Venu Gopal Reddy and A. Sathyanarayana Goud, both head constables at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) Police Station, have been placed under suspension till further orders.
 
"All the officers of Cyberabad Police have been once again instructed to register cases irrespective of jurisdiction whenever a complaint related to cognisable offence is received in the police station," said the Commissioner.
 
The family of the victim alleged that the police did not respond quickly when they approached them to lodge the missing complaint at 11 p.m. They said the police wasted a lot of time over jurisdiction issue between two police stations besides asking them inappropriate questions.
 
According to the National Commissioner for Women, the police asked the victim's mother whether she had an affair with somebody.
 
The victim's family had approached the police one-and-half hours after she had called her sister from her mobile phone, stating that she was stranded near a toll gate at Shamshabad as her scooter tyre was punctured. The victim also told her that she was feeling frightened as the place was deserted.
 
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Football: Man-down Hyderabad rescued by Robin in ISL tie against Bangalore

An injury-time strike by Robin Singh helped 10-man Hyderabad FC salvage a draw against Bengaluru FC in a thrilling Hero Indian Super League (ISL) tie at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium here today.
 
A second-minute strike by Sunil Chhetri looked enough for Bengaluru to pick three points before Robin scored against his former side at the death to help his side pick an important point.
 
Laldanmawia Ralte and Sahil Panwar were handed a start by Phil Brown as he made a couple of changes to their line-up from the defeat to Chennaiyin FC. Meanwhile, Cuadrat named an unchanged starting eleven from their 1-0 win over Kerala Blasters.
 
In less than two minutes, the visitors took the lead through Sunil Chhetri. Kamaljit Singh’s poor clearance found Ralte whose pass went straight into the path of Chhetri who made no mistake in slotting the ball home.
 
The defending champions saw more of the ball and continued to create openings as Hyderabad struggled to close down their opponents.
 
There was a penalty shout when Harmanjot Khabra’s cross from inside the box was allegedly handled by Gurtej Singh but the referee chose not to pay heed to it.
 
After the half-hour mark, they could have doubled the lead from a corner. Dimas Delgado’s corner found Albert Serran but the Spanish centre-back couldn’t sort his feet out inside the box.
 
After the break, Hyderabad had a chance from a set-piece. However, Marcelinho’s attempt sailed over the bar.
 
The home side were reduced to 10 men with Sahil Panwar bringing down Udanta Singh in the 56th minute. This was after Udanta was through on goal after a brilliant run by Ashique Kuruniyan who evaded past a couple of defenders.
 
From the ensuing free-kick, Chhetri tried to sneak one under the wall but the ball fizzled out for Augusto inside the box. His attempt was just about kept out by Kamaljit, much to the relief of Phil Brown.
 
Marcelinho was booked for a dangerous lunge on Raphael soon after but was lucky to get away with just a yellow card.
 
In the 67th minute, Kamaljit came to Hyderabad’s rescue once again as he punched out Udanta’s cross with Kuruniyan lurking at the near post. He followed it up with another save to keep Kuruniyan’s attempt out after Chhetri did ever so well to find him inside the box.
 
Augusto, Chhetri and Udanta combined in the final third but neither of the trio could apply the finishing touch. 
 
Brown threw Robin Singh into the mix in their search for an equalizer and the former Bengaluru striker didn’t disappoint. Marko Stankovic picked a pass for substitute Ashish Rai who pulled it back from the right for Robin to place it home.
 
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Charred body of another woman found in Hyderabad

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The charred body of a woman was found on Friday night in Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad, not far from the place where a woman veterinarian was gang-raped and murdered on Wednesday night.
 
According to the police, the burnt body of an unknown woman, aged between 30 and 35 years, was found near the Siddulagutta Temple road under the limits of Cyberabad Police Commissionerate. The police have sent the body for autopsy.
 
The latest incident was reported a day after the charred body of a veterinarian was found near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.
 
Police cracked the sensational case on Friday with the arrest of four truck drivers and cleaners. They gang-raped the 25-year-old near the Tondupally toll plaza on Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad and carried the body in a truck to Shadnagar town before setting it afire.
 
The incident sent shock waves with questions being raised on women's safety. Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali said the case would be tried in a fast-track court.
 
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4 held for rape, murder of Hyderabad vet

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Cyberabad Police on Friday picked up four suspects in connection with the gang rape and murder of a 22-year-old veterinarian on the outskirts of the city on Wednesday.
 
Those detained include a truck driver and a cleaner. The police suspect the girl was gang raped by the accused, who later strangulated her to death and burnt the body.
 
The Cyberabad Police officials are likely to announce the arrests and reveal the details of the case later in the day.
 
While the victim was gang raped and murdered near the Tondupally toll plaza in Shamshabad on the outskirts here, her body was dumped and burnt 25 km away at the Chatanpally Bridge in the Ranga Reddy district.
 
The incident sent shockwaves across the state, drew all round condemnation besides bringing people from all walks of life out on streets in protest against the heinous crime. They also raised the issue of law and order in the particular district.
 
Telangana Minister K. T. Rama Rao on Friday condemned the incidentand promised to personally monitor the case.
 
Rama Rao, son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, said the government would ensure that the victim gets justice at the earliest.
 
Police suspect the victim was raped and murdered by those who offered to help her in rectifying a punctured tyre of her two-wheeler.
 
The victim's clothes, footwear and a liquor bottle were recovered by the police near the toll plaza, where she had parked her scooty.
 
Ten police teams were directed immediately to crack the case after news of the crime broke.
 
According to the police, the victim had called her sister around 9.45 p.m. that her vehicle tyre was punctured and somebody has offered to help her. They had promised to take her vehicle for repair.
 
The sister, however, did mention to the police that she felt the victim was feeling threatened by some truck drivers standing nearby.
 
The victim's sister had advised her to leave the vehicle, go to the toll plaza and return home by a cab. However, when the sister later called her back, her mobile phone was switched off.
 
The family lodged a missing complaint with the police around 11 p.m.
 
The police on Thursday morning found the charred body of the victim near Shadnagar.
 
Investigations revealed that the victim had left her house in Shamshabad for Kolluru village to attend duty at the veterinary hospital. She returned in the evening at the toll plaza, parked her scooty nearby and took a cab to go to Gachibowli to visit a dermatologist.
 
When she returned at the same place around 9 p.m., she found the two-wheeler punctured.
 
Police suspect the vehicle was deliberately punctured by the culprits to trap the victim.
 
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Telangana girl raped, murdered by friend on her birthday

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A 19-year-old girl, celebrating her birthday, was raped and murdered by her friend in Telangana's Warangal Urban district on Wednesday, police said on Thursday.
 
Cracking the sensational case within a few hours, Warangal police arrested P. Sai Kumar, who roamed around the district with the dead body in his car and even bought a new dress for her and changed the blood-stained clothes to mislead the investigators.
 
The girl's body was found on Hunter Road in Hanamkonda in Greater Warangal late Wednesday night.
 
The investigations revealed that the girl, a first-year degree student, had left her house in the afternoon for a temple to offer prayers on her birthday. Sai Kumar, who was known to the girl for the last six months, called her and ask her to come to Kazipet. He later took her in his car to an isolated place, where he raped and murdered her.
 
Warangal Police Commissioner V. Ravinder told reporters that after committing the crime, Sai Kumar called his two friends for help. However, after seeing the dead body, they refused to help and returned. The accused carried the body in his car and drove around waiting for the sunset.
 
Police said he later entered Warangal town and stopped at a shop to buy new clothes for the dead body. He purchased a dress and later drove to an isolated place to change the clothes on the victim's body.
 
The accused then reached Hunter Road to dump the body and sped away. Police received the information about the body of a girl lying in the area around 10 p.m.
 
After investigations for a few hours, police arrested Sai Kumar from his native village Namiligonda in neighbouring Jangaon district.
 
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Football ISL: Hyderabad face stern Bengaluru test

Defending champions Bengaluru FC will look to pick up their third win on the trot when they go up against new entrants Hyderabad FC at the GMC Balayogi Athletic Stadium here on Friday.
 
After registering three draws in their first three matches, Carles Cuadrat's men defeated rivals Chennaiyin FC 3-0 and Kerala Blasters 1-0 to get their title defence back on track.
 
Up next for them is a struggling Hyderabad side away from home, a proposition Cuadrat believes will not be easy. Phil Brown's side is at the bottom of the standings with three points from five matches, which includes one win and four defeats so far.
 
"Hyderabad need the points, so it's going to be a tough game for us. Especially after you lose a game in the manner that they did, you want to come back from it and be focused so they are going to be better than they were before," said Cuadrat said ahead of the game.
 
His opposite number Phil Brown did admit that Hyderabad were feeling the pressure but trusts his team to perform.
 
“We do not deserve to be where we are in the league table. However, if we keep on working hard and put honest performances, things will change. We are feeling the pressure as we are 10th. But all I can ask is that the boys give their 100% while they are representing the club,” said Brown.
 
The game against the Blues will be Hyderabad's most difficult yet, considering both teams' defensive records. The unbeaten Bengaluru side has conceded just one goal and that too not from open play and have the most number of clean sheets in the sixth season of ISL.
 
On the other hand, not only has a side managed by Brown failed to keep a clean sheet in ISL, but Hyderabad have also conceded a league-high 12 goals in five matches.
 
Bengaluru midfielder Dimas Delgado, after failing to make the desired impact in the first three games, has found his rhythm in the last two matches with two assists to his name. Skipper Sunil Chhetri, who started the season playing as a left-winger supporting Manuel Onwu, played centrally and scored a goal each in the last two games.
 
"When you are one of the best strikers in the country, you have to contribute a lot to the team and the team will be reliant on you. Chhetri has scored twice already and he's always getting into good positions and I'm happy with his performances," said the Bengaluru coach.
 
Hyderabad, who have scored just one goal from open play this season, are reliant on Marcelinho to produce the goods in front of goal. 
 
The likes of Bobo, Marko Stankovic and Robin Singh will be expected to step up and deliver with the team desperately looking for three points. Their only win this season came against Kerala Blasters at home and Brown needs the tables to be turned sooner rather than later.
 
“We have the utmost respect for Bengaluru. They showed last season what they can do. The consistency of Bengaluru is something great. They are being able to pick the same consistently, the same strike force, but we have not been able to do that yet. We have to find ourselves,” said Brown
 
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Telangana girl found murdered on birthday

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A 19-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered on her birthday at Hanamkonda town in Telangana, police said on Thursday.
 
The girl had left her house on Wednesday morning after informing her parents that she was going to the temple for prayers on the occasion of her birthday. When she did not return for several hours, they tried to contact her but her mobile phone was switched off.
 
Alarmed over this, the girl's parents lodged a missing complaint with the police. A police team found the girl's body on Hunter Road in the town late in the night. The body was shifted to MGM Hospital in Warangal for autopsy.
 
Police suspect the girl was raped and murdered. A special police team was pressed into service to gather clues. The investigators were also analysing the victim's call data and CCTV footage in the area.
 
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Football: Extra-time drama as Chennaiyin get first goal and first win

Chennaiyin FC registered their first win of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) season six in dramatic fashion after edging past Hyderabad FC 2-1 at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here on Monday.
 
After seeing poor finishing hamper them for most of the game, Chennaiyin thought they had the winner when Andre Schembri (90+2’) put them ahead in injury time. A few minutes later, Hyderabad equalised through Matthew Kilgallon (90+5’), but Nerijus Valskis sealed a sensational win seconds later, bringing the roof down in the stadium.
 
The win saw Chennaiyin leapfrog Hyderabad to the ninth spot while the ISL debutants suffered their fourth defeat in five games.
 
The game got off to a scrappy start with neither side able to assert themselves in a frantic opening period. Chances fell for Chennaiyin but poor decision-making meant the scores remained level.
 
Rafael Crivellaro and Lallianzuala Chhangte found a lot of joy in the final third, often bypassing a disorganised Hyderabad midfield with ease. Chhangte was sent clear on three opportunities by Rafael, but each time the final delivery let the diminutive winger down.
 
Chennaiyin coach John Gregory was left fuming after Chhangte sent a close-range header agonisingly wide.
 
It was one-way traffic, but the opening goal continued to elude Chennaiyin. Some good work from Anirudh Thapa saw Chhangte get to the byline. His eventual cutback found Thapa but his shot on the turn was kept out by a combination of Kamaljit and Matthew Kilgallon.
 
Despite the occasional forays forward by Hyderabad, the pattern of the game remained the same till the break with Chennaiyin spurning chances galore.
 
Hyderabad did have a rare chance around the hour mark when Bobo slipped Marcelinho in, but his shot was parried by Vishal Kaith. Immediately at the other end, Kaith’s counterpart Kamaljit had to pull off a brilliant save from a vicious effort from Rafael.
 
The narrative of the game remained the same with Chennaiyin piling the pressure on Hyderabad, only to see opportunities wasted.
 
Just as it seemed Chennaiyin’s goal drought would continue for yet another game, substitute Andre Schembri took matters into his own hands. The forward latched on to a cross from Edwin Vanspaul in injury time, held off his marker and fired a low shot past Kamaljit at the near post, registering Chennaiyin's first goal of the season.
 
But there was another twist in the tale as Kilgallon headed in an unlikely equaliser from a corner in the fifth minute of injury time. However, Chennaiyin had one late salvo to fire. Schembri and Valskis combined to send the latter through on goal and he tucked in an excellent finish to send the home crowd into raptures on the stroke of the full-time whistle.
 
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