Prayers suspended for 20 minutes at Hyderabad's Chilkur Balaji Temple over vet's rape-murder case

Chilkur Balaji Temple suspended the entry of devotees for about 20 minutes on November 30 as a gesture to demonstrate against rape and murder of the woman veterinary doctor. All the devotees remained outside the temple with priests and performed 'maha pradakshinam', a prayer for the safety of women and girls. The burnt body of the doctor was found at Shadnagar outskirts in the Telangana's Ranga Reddy district. As per the preliminary probe, the police suspect that the veterinary doctor was sexually assaulted. On Saturday, massive protests were carried out in Telangana, along with several other parts of the country against the brutal rape and murder of a woman veterinary doctor in the state. Four people, identified as Mohammad Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu have been arrested in the case and sent to 14-day judicial custody by a Ranga Reddy court on November 30.