Contract killing: Woman, lover among 5 arrested for murdering cab driver in Hyderabad

The duo along with Mann Singh and Balaji travelled on a boat for approximately 10 km before dumping the body in the backwaters of Krishna river.

Published: 12th September 2022 07:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th September 2022 07:53 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD: Raidurgam police arrested a woman and her lover for killing the former’s husband. Cops also detected three other offenders associated with the case and apprehended them. The victim Dhanvath Ranganayak, 28, a cab driver, and his wife Roja, the accused, used to live in Raidurgam.

When Roja was ill, her brother-in-law Lakpath, a realtor, used to bring her medicines and take care of other things. In this process, he got close to her. The three other accused were identified as Venkat Shiva Naga Malleshwar Rao, a realtor, and Mann Singh and Balaji, both fishing businessmen.

One day, Ranganayak caught both of them in a compromising position in a room at a relative’s place and created a scene. Earlier, Lakpath had purchased 25 guntas of land from the victim at Rs 15 lakh. During the land registration, Ranganayak demanded an additional Rs 10 lakh, leaving the accused furious. Since the victim was demanding extra money and was an obstacle to the affair between Roja and Lakpath, they decided to kill him, police said.

They decided to lure Ranganayak into their trap by saying that Lakpath was ready to pay the additional amount. The accused had already paid Rs 10,000 and asked the victim to collect the rest of the amount. Lakpath along with Malleshwar Rao reportedly offered a milk-based drink laced with sleeping pills to Ranganayak, who fell unconscious in 15 minutes.  

The duo along with Mann Singh and Balaji travelled on a boat for approximately 10 km before dumping the body in the backwaters of the Krishna river. The accused reportedly wrapped the body in fishing nets and tied it with stones. Police found that Lakpath had paid Rs 2.3 lakh to three other accused to kill Ranganayak.

All five accused were traced based on technical evidence. They were arrested and remanded to judicial custody.

Dumped body in Krishna

Lakpath along with Malleshwar Rao reportedly offered a milk-based drink laced with sleeping pills to Ranganayak, who fell unconscious in 15 minutes. Then, the duo along with two others dumped the body in the backwaters of the Krishna river



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