Indian police on Friday fatally shot and killed four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India, leading some to celebrate their deaths as justice in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The men, who were in police custody and had not been formally charged with any crime, were taken to the crime scenes, both where the rape and killing are suspected of taking place and the spot where the woman's body was burned about a third of a mile away, according to an official in the police commissioner's office. Another police official, speaking under condition of anonymity, said the suspects tried to grab an officer's firearm and escape, the AP reports.
The burned body of a 27-year-old woman was found last week in an underpass near Hyderabad after she went missing the previous night. The high-profile case has sparked protests across India. About 300 people gathered at the crime scene to praise police for killing the suspects. Some hugged officers and lifted them into the air chanting "long live police," while others showered them with flowers. But some observers condemned the killings. "This type of justice is counterfeit,” said Kavita Krishnan, secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association. "The killings are a ploy to shut down our demand of accountability from governments, judiciary and police, and dignity and justice for women." (Read more India stories.)