ONGOLE: Four years after having his daughter killed, her father surrendered to the police two days ago and confessed to his crime.
According to the police, the father P Venkata Reddy of Agraharam in Darsi mandal had his daughter murdered as he did not like her marrying a boy with whom she was in love.
Venkata Reddy, who settled in Vijayawada, tried to persuade his daughter Bhargavi not to marry him but she was adamant. She ran away with him in March, 2011 and married him at Amaravati temple. Later, they went to Kotappakonda and rented a room at the TTD guest house.
Her father, having come to know that she was in Kotappakonda, went there, took her away forcibly and kept her at his in-laws place in Lingannapalem in Darsi mandal. But the girl refused to break the marriage and said she would go back to her husband.
Her father decided to kill her as he felt that if the news got out, it would bring a bad name to the family. He hired three persons — his friend, a taxi driver and one Rajesh Chowdary — to eliminate her.
Later, he asked Bhargavi to go to Vijayawada with him in a taxi in which the three persons were there already. On the way, the driver stopped the car as her father said he had to ease himself. As soon as he got down, those sitting in the rear seat used a nylon rope and strangled Bhargavi, who was sitting in the front, to death. Later, they threw the body into a canal and disappeared. Her father then lodged a complaint with the police that his daughter was missing.
Four years on, Venkata Reddy felt very disturbed over what he had done and surrendered to the police who arrested the taxi driver and his friend as well. They are looking for Rajesh Chowdary. The investigation was supervised by Deputy Superintendent of Police V Sriram Babu.