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Delhi hit-and-run case: Young woman's horrific death shocks India

The gruesome death of a 20-year-old woman in India's capital Delhi on 1 January has shocked the country.

Media reports say the woman, who was an event manager, was returning from work in the early hours of 1 January when her scooter collided with a car.

Police say the driver of the car, which had four other passengers, kept driving it for miles, dragging the woman's body along.

Several CCTV videos have emerged that show the body underneath the car.

Police have said that a search operation for the vehicle was launched after they received two calls on Sunday morning - one regarding a woman being dragged by a Maruti Baleno car, and another after the woman's body was found lying on a road in north Delhi.

They arrested the accused and found the car after launching a manhunt.

The accused have been charged with culpable homicide and causing death by negligence, senior police official Sagar Preet Hooda said.

The accused had borrowed the car from a friend to drive it in the intervening night between 31 December and 1 January, police said.

They added that the accused abandoned the victim's body on the road and fled the scene.

The accused, who are in police custody, have not made any statements yet.

Police have said that they will be taken to the scene of the crime to "verify their version of events" and that the car will be examined by a team of forensic experts.

Officials also said that they would use a dummy to verify the accused men's claim that they did not hear screams of the victim because they were playing loud music in the car.