HYDERABAD: Decoding the sensational murder of a 27-year-old homemaker of SR Nagar, the police on Saturday unravelled the mystery by nabbing a person for allegedly committing the offence.
The best friend of the husband was found to have an illicit affair with the deceased, according to police. The plan was to extract money from the deceased by taking advantage of their illicit affair. However, amidst heated arguments, the accused committed the gruesome murder by killing her with an iron dumbbell, slitting her throat and torching her ablaze.
The accused, Pattipati Prakash, a 28-year-old private employee from Hydernagar and native of Anantapur district in AP was arrested.
Explaining the motive behind the crime, West Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police AR Srinivas said that Soumya was native of Bangalore who got married to Naga Bhushanam, a native of Visakhapatnam. Initially, Naga Bhushanam used to work for Navayuga Constructions in Dichpally and Assam.
When Naga Bhushanam was working in Dichpally in 2010, he acquainted friendship with Prattipati Prakash who also used to work in same company, he said.
“Later, they both were transferred to Assam and worked for the same company. During the period when they worked in Assam for four years, Prakash developed illegal intimacy with Soumya,’’ the DCP said.
In 2016, both Prakash and Naga Bhushanam moved to the city. After joining in L&T, Prakash resigned and went to his native place. “Prakash took a personal loan in HDFC bank and purchased a new vehicle. He was facing financial crisis and was not able to pay the vehicle loan and so he hatched a plan to extract money from Soumya,” informed the DCP.
However, Soumya refused to give in to his demands. During arguments, Prakash killed her by hitting her with a dumbbell. After Soumya collapsed on the ground, he slit her throat with blade and set her on fire by pouring oil. Before escaping, he threw her phone into toilet flush tank and then went to the kitchen, opened the domestic gas stove, the DCP said.