New Delhi: Upon the directions of a Telangana High Court on December 21, an AIIMS team on Monday conducted a post-mortem again before handing over the bodies to the families of the four rape accused in Telangana veterinarian’s murder case. The report will be submitted before the High Court soon in a sealed cover.

The four rape accused were killed by the police in an encounter near Hyderabad earlier this month. Notably, the second autopsy was conducted by a team of forensic experts of Delhi’s AIIMS, a top official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. Superintendent of the state-run facility Dr P Shravan Kumar stated that the autopsy was conducted in a special cabin at the Gandhi Hospital and the entire process was videographed. After finishing the identification process, the bodies were handed over to the families, added Shravan Kumar.

The first post-mortem was conducted at a government hospital in Mahabubnagar on December 6, the day when the Hyderabad police killed the rape accused in an encounter. The bodies were later shifted to the Gandhi Hospital.

“The team first wanted to talk to the kin of the deceased. So accordingly we arranged an interaction with them. The team recorded their statements. The relatives informed the team that they would take the bodies once the process is completed,” stated SP Kumar, as quoted by news agency PTI. After the second autopsy, two ambulances each carrying two bodies left for the native places of the deceased in Narayanpet district, noted a police official.

The police had made elaborate security arrangements near the hospital. Police had arrested the four accused on November 29 for raping and killing the woman veterinarian who was on her way to her hospital. After harassing the woman, the culprits had also burnt her body. The case triggered widespread protests across the nation.

(With inputs from PTI)