HYDERABAD: Unable to bear the difficulties in bringing up two intellectually challenged children, a man allegedly murdered his 12-years-old nephew and niece in Hyderabad on Friday night.
While he was attempting to shift the bodies out of his residence, the landlord who grew suspicious informed police and he was nabbed red-handed. Police have taken him and his friend for questioning.
The deceased, identified as Srujanna Reddy (12) and Vishnuvardhan Reddy (12), were living along with parents Srinivas Reddy and Laxmi in the district. The twins from Miryalaguda in Nalgonda district were brought to the city on pretext of taking them for swimming and shopping. The accused allegedly strangulated them to death at his residence in Chaitanyapuri.
On Friday evening, Mallikarjun, a divorcee living in Satyanarayanapuram in the city took the children out from home. He told his sister that he would take the children out for shopping and also to a swimming pool to spend some leisure time. At around 6 pm, when she called Mallikarjun, his mobile was switched off.
At around 10.30pm, Mallikarjun called his brother-in-law Srinivas Reddy and informed that the kids consumed a bathroom cleaning acid assuming it as soft drink and he is taking them to a hospital.
Mallikarjun's house owner who noticed the bodies being put in a car belonging to his friend has alerted the Chaitanyapuri police.
Chaitanyapuri inspector Saidaiah said "Mallikarjun and his techie friend Venkatrami Reddy have been taken into custody. Mallikarjun sought his friend's help to shift the bodies. It is found that he could not see his sister suffer in bringing up the specially-abled children and so killed them."
The bodies of the children were handed over to their parents after the autopsy at Osmania General Hospital. The parents have donated the eyes of both the children to a private hospital.