Ongole: The Andhra Pradesh police say they have solved the mystery surrounding the charred bodies of a woman and her 11-month-old daughter in Ongole. The woman’s husband has been arrested for committing the crime.
The burnt bodies of the victims had been found between Pernamitta and Lingamgutta areas near Ongole of Prakasam district on December 3. The police were under immense pressure to crack the case, particularly due to public anger over the rape-murder of Hyderabad vet Disha. They had also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for credible information on the killer.
Sources said inputs from a youngster from Peddakottapalli, who owns a guest house, helped the police unravel the plot. After learning about the double murder, the informer examined the CCTV footage of his guest house to find that a man had taken a woman and a baby girl on a bike towards Pernamitta on the night of the crime.
Based on the clue, the police tracked down the suspect, A Koteswara Rao, and identified the victims – Rao’s wife Baggavarapu Srilakshmi and her daughter, who was yet to be named.
KVVNV Prasad, deputy superintendent of police, Ongole, said Rao was pursuing medicine abroad but dropped out in the middle. He returned to Ongole and got a job at a private hospital as a lower-rank employee.
He befriended Srilakshmi, who was from Nellore district, through a social networking site and the two got married against the wishes of their elders. They had a baby girl 11 months ago. Rao, Srilakshmi and their baby shifted to his hometown Addanki nearly three weeks back..
According to the police, Rao decided to get rid of Srilakshmi and their daughter over petty issues. On December 3, he took them on his bike to an isolated place under the Maddipadu police limits. He beat Srilakshmi to death with a stick and slit the child’s neck. He poured petrol on the bodies and set them on fire. Rao also received minor injuries burning the victims, said the police.
Srilakshmi’s family met with the police on Thursday and demanded severe punishment to Rao. They also accused Rao’s parents and relatives of harassing Srilakshmi.