Cyberabad police officials said Hemanth and D Avanthi Reddy, a BTech graduate and a businessman’s daughter, had eloped and married on June 11. This had upset Avanthi’s parents who had broken all relations with the couple.
Police officials added that more than caste, Avanthi’s family was upset because Hemanth’s family was not financially well-off. The woman’s parents are landlords, owning commercial properties in different parts of Hyderabad. Hemanth, on the other hand, took up small-time painting contracts.
On Thursday, Avanthi’s two maternal uncles and other relatives, including women, suddenly reached the couple’s residence at TNGO Colony in Gachibowli. Apprehending trouble, Hemanth had informed his parents and two other friends about Avanthi’s relatives turning up at their doorstep.
Chased the cars, but in vain: Victim’s dad
Even as my wife and I reached my son Hemanth’s house, I heard him calling out to me in a state of panic. I found that Hemanth and Avanthi were seated in a car and being forcefully taken away. Apart from the car in which my son was seated, there were two other cars following them,’’ Hemanth’s father Murali Krishna told TOI.
Krishna chased the three cars for some distance but then lost them. Meanwhile, Avanthi, who had managed to escape from her abductors, joined Krishna and the two filed a complaint with the Gachibowli police.
The police started searching for Hemanth but got no clues initially. Late on Thursday night, Cyberabad police made the breakthrough by nabbing Avanthi’s maternal uncle Yugender Reddy and a few others at Shamirpet. They allegedly confessed that Hemanth had been murdered and that his body had been dumped in an open plot along the highway at Kistaiahguda in Sanga Reddy district.
According to police officials, Yugender and three hired assailants – Bichu Yadav, E Krishna and Mohammed Pasha – were present in the car when Hemanth was killed. The victim was first smothered and then strangulated in the car between Sadasivpet and Sanga Reddy.
In-charge deputy commissioner of police M Venkateshwarlu told reporters on Friday that they have arrested 14 of the 18 accused and charged them with murder, conspiracy and kidnapping among other sections. Avanthi’s parents – D Laxmareddy and Archana – who are being seen as key conspirators, too have been arrested. Yugender allegedly hatched the plan to kill Hemanth.