Telangana Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali on Friday said that the 27-year-old veterinarian, who was charred to death after possible rape, could have been save, had she called police and not her sister upon finding few strangers were following and stalking her.
"We are saddened by the incident, the police is alert and controlling crime. It is unfortunate that she called her sister and not '100'. Had she called '100', she could have been saved," news agency ANI quoted Telangana Home Minister Mohd Mahmood Ali as saying on the sensitive issue.
According to reports, the woman, an assistant veterinarian at a state-run hospital, was on her way home in Hyderabad when she was allegedly abducted and burnt alive by unidentified persons late on Wednesday.
Before going incommunicado, the doctor had called her sister and informed that her scooter got punctured near a toll plaza, where she had parked it. She asked her to stay on call as an unknown person asked her to help. She reportedly told the man that she was fine on her own, he insisted on helping her.
"You please keep talking until my scooter comes back. They [the strangers] are all waiting outside. You please keep talking to me, I am scared," The News Minute quoted the doctor as telling her sister on phone at around 9:44 pm on Wednesday.
She then hung her phone, saying that she will call back. However, after waiting for her call till 10:30, the concerned sister called her but her phone was switched off. Next day, the police found her charred body from a nearby underpass. The police has suspected rape before being burnt to death but it could not be confrmed.
As soon as the case was registered, the Hyderabad Police formed 10 teams to investigate the matter. So far, the Hyderabad police has arrested four accused involved in the alleged rape and murder case of a woman veterinary doctor.
Police suspect that the victim, working as an assistant veterinarian at a state-run hospital, was killed near Tondupally toll plaza of Outer Ring Road at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad and her body was dumped and burnt 25 km away at Chatanpally bridge near Shadnagar town in Ranga Reddy district. The body was noticed by some passers-by who alerted police.