VIJAYAWADA: The three accused in the sensational kidnap and murder case of 10-year-old P Naga Vaishnavi was sentenced to life imprisonment till death by Vijayawada Women Sessions Court on Thursday.
The accused Morla Srinivas Rao, Yemperala Jagadeesh, and Pandi Venkata Rao Goud were produced in the court on Thursday afternoon and the judgment was pronounced at 2 p.m. The verdict came after eight years of the court trial.
On January 30, 2010, P Naga Vaishnavi, the 10-year old daughter of Palagani Prabhakar Goud, a liquor trader and a BC leader in Vijayawada was kidnapped and murdered in a gruesome manner.
On that fateful day, the little girl on her way to her school with her elder brother was kidnapped In Vijayawada. Lakshman Rao, the driver of the car in which she was traveling was stabbed to death by the assailants, who came on a motorcycle and intercepted the car.
When the girl tried to free herself from the clutches of her kidnappers, she was strangled to death. To erase the evidence, they took her body to an electrical blast furnace in an industrial unit located in Auto Nagar area of Guntur city.
After four days after her kidnap, police who had launched a massive manhunt based on the complaint of Prabhakar Goud found the charred body of Naga Vaishnavi in the blast furnace. The established her identity based on her ear studs.
On knowing that his daughter was murdered in a gruesome manner, Palagani Prabhakar Goud suffered a heart attack and died. Vaishnavi was the apple of the eye of her father. She was born of Prabhakar and his second wife Narmada Devi. First-wife was childless.
During the investigation, police found out that First-wife’s brother P Venkata Rao was behind the kidnap of the girl. He wanted to force Prabhakar Goud to write his property in the name of his sister, the first wife of Goud, as he came to know that Goud wanted to will his property in his daughter’s name. He engaged M Srinivasa Rao and Y Jagadeesh to kidnap the girl.
Police were able to trace the accused based on the call data of Srinivas Rao and Venkata Rao.
Though speedy justice was assured by the state government following public outcry, the trail in the case went on for last eight years.
The final verdict was given after cross-examining 79 witnesses produced by the prosecution and 30 witnesses produced by the defense lawyers.
During the court trial, Narmada Devi, mother of Naga Vaishnavi and the girl’s paternal uncle P Sudhakar Goud died. Narmada Devi died in 2017 due to brain cancer and a few months later Sudhakar Goud also died. Naga Vaishnavi is survived by her two elder brothers.
January 30, 2010: Palagani Naga Vaishnavi abducted by miscreants while she was traveling in a car in Vijayawada city. The abductors first killed the car driver and took her away. Her brother managed to escape
February 4, 2010: Naga Vaishnavi death news came into light. The miscreants burnt her body in a blast furnace. Hearing the news of her death, Vaishnavi’s father Palagani Prabhakar suffered a heart attack and died.
February 4, 2010: Two accused M Srinivas Rao and Y Jagadeesh arrested.
February 8, 2010: Another key accused P Venkata Rao Goud arrested.
February 8, 2011: Police filed charges against the accused.
August 26, 2011: One of the accused an advocate by profession used to change lawyers from time to time so as to delay the trail. High Court issued a stay order.
January 23, 2011, to March 9, 2011, Witnesses were examined. Accused approach High Court and it directed police to file fresh charges.
April 9, 2011, to April 18, 2011: Inquiry started and it continued to April 18. The trail delayed following the accused appealing the High court to change the trail to another court in Khammam or Ranga Reddy or Hyderabad. Until June 26, the case was in pending.
February 15, 2012: High Court imposed Rs 50,000 fine on one of the accused P Venkata Rao.
August 17, 2012: High Court ordered not to grant bail to accused until completion of the trail.
September 20, 2012: With police filing fresh charges, High Court vacated the stay allowing trail.
October 28, 2012: High Court finalized the inquiry date.
January 4, 2013: Court started the trail. High Court set aside the court transfer petition filed by the accused. Later accused filed transfer petition in Mahila Sessions Court Vijayawada. The Mahila Sessions Court also set aside the transfer petition. Once again the High Court ordered Mahila Sessions Court to continue the trail.
June 14, 2018: Three accused were sentenced to life till death.