HYDERABAD: A walima’ (wedding banquet) turned into a bloody affair when a brother of the bride was murdered and another injured in a savage attack by relatives at Yakutpura in Bhavani Nagar police limits in the old city on Sunday night.
The deceased has been identified as Mohammd Ahmed, a cloth merchant, and the injured as Mukarram.The attackers, identified as Sirajuddin and his son Naziruddin, run a hotel.
According to the police, the banquet venue plunged into darkness around 12.30 am when power supply snapped and there was a commotion. Minutes later, as the power supply was restored, family members and other relatives found Ahmed lying in a pool of blood with severe stab wounds. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared Ahmed ‘brought dead’. Mukkaram suffered minor injuries in the stabbing.
Police took into custody two persons on Monday afternoon on the suspicion of being involved in the murderous attack “Ahmed and I went to entrance gate of the function hall to receive guests and guide them to the dinner hall. As we crossed the gate and were moving towards the function hall, there a sudden snapping of power supply and at the next moment Ahmed was shouting. I sensed that something was wrong and tried to resist the assailants. In an attempt to save my brother in the dark, I received a minor injury. The attackers hit me on my head,’’ said Mukarram, brother of Ahmed and eyewitness to the incident.
Ahmed and his brothers invited many guests, including the suspects Sirajuddin and his son Naziruddin, to the ‘walima’ of their sister Ashreen and Ajaz.
Ahmed’s elder brother Sarwar who, along with his family members, went to the Osmania Hospital mortuary to receive the body after the postmortem, alleged that Ahmed had lodged a complaint with a police officer a few months ago that Sirajuddin and Naziruddin possessed lethal weapons. Since then the father-son duo had borne a grudge against their family and eliminated Ahmed at a family event now.
Bhavani Nagar police inspector A Srinivasa Rao said that they suspected that some family disputes might have been the motive for the murder. Police registered cases under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC.