HYDERABAD: Even as the gory details of the Sheena Bora murder case send shock ripples, a similar bone-chilling incident has come to light on Thursday in the city.
A police constable strangled his wife, transported her body bag on a bike to Ananthagiri hills with the help of a friend, burnt the body and then buried the same on August 6.
To avoid suspicion, the constable lodged a missing person complaint with the local police one week later!
More than a month after the gruesome murder, the police unravelled the mystery and arrested the constable today.
The accused Special Protection Force (SPF) constable, K Ramakrishna was arrested on Thursday by the Narayanguda Police on charges of murder of his wife.
It was a mismatch between the circumstantial evidence and the version of the complainant that did him in. On interrogation, the accused confessed that he had murdered his wife over a month ago.
After the confession, police took Ramakrishna to Ananthagiri forests near Vikarabad, where he said the body was buried.
According to police, the motive behind the murder is suspected infidelity. “She had an affair prior to marriage and parents had forcefully married her off to the accused. He suspected an illicit relationship between his wife and the old boyfriend.
And thought she would leave him for the other man,” said an official, requesting anonymity.
“Ramakrishna took help of his friend Pradeep, and after murder, both of them took the body to Vikarabad on the former’s bike and disposed it of there. The accused chose Vikarabad as he had been there several times and was confident of covering up the case,” said inspector S Bheem Reddy. The accused burnt the body before burying it.
Police said that Supriya was murdered on August 6, though Ramakrishna lodged a missing person complaint on August 14. “He said that his wife left him and before approaching police, he was trying to find her. Later, he confessed that he strangled her with a towel, and took her body to Vikarabad in a bag,” added the inspector.
A case of murder under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence), 202(intentional omission to give information) and 120 B(criminal conspiracy) of IPC has beens slapped on him. A team of investigators reached Vikarabad, exhumed the body and after conducting postmortem, handed the body over to relatives.
The deceased, Supriya (19) was married to the 29-year-old accused a little over a year ago and the couple had been living in a rented flat at Vyshnavi Apartments in Himayatnagar. Both of them are natives of Nizamabad district.
Ramakrishna was on Suspension:
When contacted, Tejdeep Kaur Menon, D-G of the Special Protection Force, said that the accused has been on suspension. “He has been absent from work since March with no particular reason. He did not respond to notices or phone calls and has been on suspension,” she said. K Ramakrishna is a 2010 batch SPF constable. In Hyderabad, he had been posted at the Reserve Bank of India campus near Legislative Assembly. Ramakrishna, aware of Supriya’s pre- marital affair, continued to suspect her. “She was a home maker and while away on work, he would always be bothered. This led him to a depression and he would act wierd,” said a police official. Since March, he had not reported to duty.
Supriya was aloof:
The neighbours in the apartment recall having never seen Ramakrishna in uniform. Shocked over the turn of events, the neighbours claimed no knowledge of any conflict between the couple. “Supriya was a small girl and was alone most of the time. Still, she would not mingle with anyone,” said a neighbour, not willing to be named.
According to her, “Supriya’s mother lived with them for a couple of months and then left. And brother used to visit once a while. That apart, theirs was a silent home,” claimed a neighbour, adding that post Supriya’s disappearance, a worried mother and her brother came to enquire about her with the neighbbours a couple of times. “No one thought she could be killed by him,” said the neighbour.