Hyderabad: A court in Shadnagar on Wednesday (December 4) granted a seven-day police custody of the four accused in the Hyderabad rape and murder case.

They will be handed over to the police tomorrow (December 5). The accused are currently kept in solitary confinement at Cherlapally central jail in Hyderabad.

Cyberabad Police probing the gang-rape and murder of a 25-year-old woman veterinarian near Hyderabad had moved a court on Monday (December 2) and had sought a 10-day custody of the four people arrested in connection with the heinous crime, for interrogation.

The petition was filed in a court in Mahabubnagar district for custodial interrogation as part of further investigation in the case.

The four had allegedly raped the woman, who worked as an assistant veterinarian at a state-run hospital, and burnt her alive on November 27 with the grisly crime coming to light the next day when her charred body was found.

The four men, all lorry workers, aged between 20 and 24, were arrested on November 29 and are lodged in the Cherlapally Central Prison after a court remanded them to 14 days in judicial custody.

The incident has triggered nation-wide outrage and protests held at several places demanding stern punishment to the culprits.

Last week, the Mahabubnagar district court bar association and also the Ranga Reddy bar association had decided not to represent the four accused.

(With inputs from PTI)