Hyderabad: Four murders were reported within Hyderabad city limits in the past 24 hours.

Three were reported in the west zone limits of the Hyderabad city police commissionerate. Also, three of the four murders took place under the influence of alcohol, the police found.

In the first incident, a pregnant woman was found murdered at Secunderabad. According to the police, Mahalaxmi and Gautham, a migrant couple from the erstwhile Medak district, were begging near the Gandhi Hospital area. Gautham had been harassing his pregnant wife for money to buy alcohol. When she refused to give him the money, he assaulted her, leading to her death. The incident happened late on Tuesday night and came to light on Wednesday morning.

In the second incident, a drunken brawl between two friends ended in the death of one of them. Srinivas and Ghouse worked at the famous Shiva Reddy Sweets in Madhura Nagar under SR Nagar police station limits. On Tuesday night, an argument broke out between the two drunk men over a woman. This led to a fistfight and Ghouse rained blows on Srinivas, injuring him on the head and face. Srinivas died on the spot. Though it was found that the fight took place in the presence of the woman, the police did not confirm her presence. A murder case has been registered against Ghouse at the SR Nagar police station.

In the third incident reported under the Banjara Hills police station limits, Shaikh Abdul Razaq Ali and Ghouse, both residents of Tolichowki, consumed alcohol till the early hours of Wednesday in Manikonda. Later, they went to meet a friend at Sayyad Nagar in Banjara Hills. Their friend, however, was not home. So, the two men found an open plot near the MLA Colony in Banjara Hills and sat down to drink. However, the two men got into an argument and started fighting. Ghouse attacked Razaq Ali with a boulder, killing him on the spot.

Meanwhile, in another incident at Golconda, sanitation workers noticed three persons in an auto-rickshaw dumping an unidentified woman’s body near the garbage dump in the early hours on Wednesday and chased them. The suspects, however, sped away in the auto-rickshaw. The Golconda police were immediately alerted.

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