HYDERABAD: In a shocking twist to the alleged kidnap, gang-rape and murder of a 15-year-old at Bantawaram in Rangareddy district, it has now turned out that the victim’s father himself had raped and killed her in an inebriated condition.
Seen weeping inconsolably by her body on Friday, Meghawath Kamal (38) was arrested on Saturday, but not before police teams went on a wild goose chase to nab the five alleged culprits, including an auto-rickshaw driver, who he claimed, had abducted, raped and killed his daughter. District SP M Srinivas said, “Going by his body language and contradictory versions and circumstantial evidence, we suspected his role and finally, he confessed that it was he who had raped and killed his daughter.’’
The police, quoting Kamal, said he consumed liquor after arriving in Vikarabad from Hyderabad. “Later, he drove his daughter towards Ijrachittempally thanda on a TVS XL motorcycle. As they reached an isolated place, he halted his bike and raped her. After forcing himself on his daughter, Kamal killed her by strangulating her even as she pleaded with him to spare her,’’ sources said.
Kamal, who was involved in a robbery case earlier, told the police he killed his daughter fearing she might inform her mother about the rape. Minutes after committing the crime, he washed his face and went to his thanda where he explained to his family members and relatives that miscreants had assaulted him and kidnapped his daughter.
“We picked up 33 auto-drivers after Kamal claimed the culprits fled in an auto. After concluding that no auto-driver was involved, we suspected his role,’’ an official said. Medical reports also confirmed Kamal’s role in the rape.
His body language raised suspicion
The police said contradictory versions and body language of Kamal besides circumstantial evidence prompted them to suspect his role in the rape and murder of his daughter. During interrogation, he told the police he had raped and killed her in an inebriated condition.