Hyderabad: In a case of revenge killing in the heart of the city, an auto-rickshaw driver was murdered in broad daylight by his rivals at Punjaguttta on Sunday morning. Three persons, involved in the murder, were arrested by the police later in the day.
The victim, Mir Riyasath Ali Razvi, a resident of Nagarjuna Hills in Punjagutta, was out to have his morning tea when five persons who came in a Maruthi van hacked him to death with sickles. People who witnessed the five armed men ran helter-skelter while shopkeepers rolled down the shutters out of fear.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar said the five had been identified and three of them were arrested for the murder planned by the associates of Anwar Ali, another auto-rickshaw driver who was murdered allegedly by Riyasath Ali at Punjagutta in June.
“Riyasath Ali had murdered Anwar over an issue of an extramarital affair and he was arrested and remanded in the murder case. On October 10, he obtained bail from the court and came out,” said Anjani Kumar.
The family members of Anwar were keeping a close watch on the movements of Riyasath Ali for the last 10 days. On Sunday, the prime accused, Abdul Rahman, kept a watch at the house of the victim. After spotting Riyasath Ali coming out, Rahman alerted his associates — Azhar (19), Aleem (27), Amjad (22) and Mohammad Hasan (20).
“All of them armed with coconut-cracking sickles attacked him and then fled,” said the Commissioner. The arrested were Rahman, Azhar and Aleem.