Zaheerabad rape accused was booked in 20 more criminal cases

Hyderabad: More details are being uncovered in the investigation into the alleged gang rape of a woman at Zaheerabad in Sangareddy district two days ago. One of the accused, Somachary, died while trying to escape the police, while two others, Brahmachary and Pavan Kumar, were arrested.

On further interrogation, the two revealed that Brahmachary and Somachary are siblings and all the three accused are from Warangal district. They were working for a local television news channel. All were involved in criminal activities in the past.

While Pavan is the main accused in the gang-rape case, Bhrahmachary was earlier involved in more than 30 different offences, including a murder. He was in jail for the same and was released from prison only recently. He was also involved in dacoity, theft, and extortion cases, most of which were committed along the Warangal-Suryapet and Warangal-Kodad highways.

Further, it was found that he, along with other accused, targeted victims either by posing as police officers conducting vehicle checks or newsmen doing a sting operation. They had adopted the same modus operandi in trapping their latest victim at Zaheerabad. The woman was travelling from Bidar in Karnataka to Zaheerabad. The three men were also travelling on the same bus. They noticed that the victim was carrying gutkha which is banned in Telangana. They approached her posing as police officers and forced the victim to alight the bus.

The bus departed after the woman got off. The men then dragged her into the bushes and raped her. They later abandoned her at the spot and fled away. After the victim approached the police, special teams were deputed to track down the three men using CCTV cameras. They received a tip-off that the three were staying at a hotel in Zaheerabad. Police surrounded the hotel but the men tried to escape. During the chase, the vehicle in which they were travelling overturned, resulting in the death of Somachary. The other two were injured. They were detained for questioning after they received treatment at a local hospital.

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