On the first day, all the four accused confessed their crime and told the cops that they had burnt her alive out of fear that she might lodge a complaint against them. We need to know more, for instance, if the criminals were armed, the police may have been justified in opening fire preemptively.
They were taken to reconstruct the scene of the crime when they allegedly tried to snatch the weapons from the police officers.
The 27-year-old victim's charred remains were discovered last Thursday - and the case sparked outrage and protests over alleged police inaction.
According to the police, the four accused men, who had been in detention, were being taken to the scene of the crime, when they tried to escape and were shot at.
V.C. Sajjanar, the police commissioner, explained, "basing on their (suspects) confession, we came here to this place (to) recover the victim's cell phone and other objects".
The nation is celebrating the encounter of four rape accused in Hyderabad, like it is a festival.
Police personnel stand near the site where they shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects in Shadnagar on December 6, 2019.
The killings are being hailed as a mark of commitment to women safety at a time when victims of rape have been struggling against police excesses, and due procedure is being violated with impunity.
Video footage recorded after the "encounter" showed crowds celebrating the cops, carrying them on their shoulders, dancing and distributing candies. The team from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) visited Chattanpalli village, about 50km from here, where the alleged encounter took place.
At one demonstration in Delhi, some women wielded swords while in parliament one lawmaker called for the men to be "lynched" and another for rapists to be castrated. She was on her way to the court to seek justice in a case after she was raped a year back.
India's last execution was in 2015 when Yakub Memon, convicted of financing bombings in Mumbai in 1993, was hanged.
"This is murder in cold blood".
All five suspects have been arrested and are being questioned, senior policeman Suvendra Kumar Bhagat told AFP.