HYDERABAD: Fear gripped the residents of NBT Nagar in Banjara Hills as a 20-year-old youth, allegedly under the influence of contraband drugs, went on a stabbing spree injuring four people, and causing the death of a youth. The accused has been identified as Abrar (20), an auto driver and a resident of the locality.
The commuters were taken by surprise as a knife wielding Abrar went berserk in the bylanes of NBT Nagar and stabbed four people at around 5.30 pm.. One of the victims Bablu Patel (20) died in the shocking attack. The deceased is learnt to be a native of Gulbarga in Karnataka, who was working at an uptown hotel in Banjara Hills. He could not be saved though locals rushed him to hospital. The three persons who sustained injuries have been identified as Mahesh (35), a scrap dealer, Jagan (20), and Balraju (26). The three are undergoing treatment at a private hospital. According to the police, the accused has a history of addiction to drugs, including consumption of cough syrups.
Though the accused stabbed people who came his way indiscriminately, the police are trying to find if the accused had anyy grudge against the victims and if the incident was a motivated one. After the incident, the accused fled the spot and police have launched a search for him.
As the fracas unravelled, the horrified locals were clueless as to what was happening. It was only after blood spilled on the road that they could understand the gravity of the incident. Witnessing the bloodshed, some ran for life, many stood shell shocked, while a few dared and rushed the victims to hospitals. “We are searching for him,” said D Uday Kumar Reddy, ACP of Banjara Hills.