Hyderabad: The charred body of a woman veterinary surgeon was found under a culvert in Chatanpally on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru National Highway 44 at Shadnagar in Rangareddy district here on Thursday morning. She is suspected to have been kidnapped from near a toll gate about 25 km from where the body was found, murdered and then set ablaze on Wednesday night.
The victim was identified as Dr. P. Priyanka Reddy (27), a veterinary assistant surgeon working with the Animal Husbandry department in Kollur village of Navipet of Mahabubnagar district and a resident of Shamshabad. According to the police, Priyanka had left home at 6.30 pm on Wednesday for a personal checkup in a clinic in Gachibowli. She went on her scooter till the Tondupally tollgate area, parked it there and took a cab to the clinic. After the consultation, she returned to the tollgate around 9 pm.
“When she reached the vehicle and began her journey back home, she realized that the rear wheel had a puncture. She was then approached by a few truck drivers present there offering help,” said VC Sajjanar, Police Commissioner, Cyberabad.
Though Priyanka was reluctant and said she would manage to get it repaired at a shop on the way, the unidentified persons allegedly convinced her saying it was late in the night and that it was risky to drive the vehicle in that condition.
“They sent a teenager along with the scooter to get it repaired. But he returned saying the shops were closed,” the Commissioner said.
Calls up sister
In between, Priyanka called her younger sister Bhavana at 9.20 pm, saying she was scared of the truck drivers. She briefly narrated her situation to her sister, who asked her to go and stay at the tollgate.
When Bhavana called her 10 minutes later, Priyanka’s mobile was switched off. Anxious family members approached the Shamshabad police and lodged a missing complaint. A case was booked and while a search was on, on Thursday around 7 am, a milk vendor found the charred body, which was wrapped in a woolen blanket, about 25 km away from the toll gate.
“Based on the missing complaint details, her family was informed. They reached the spot and based on a locket of Lord Ganesh found on the body and her scarf found near the body, confirmed her identity,” said A. Sridhar Kumar, Inspector, Shadnagar.
An on-the-spot postmortem examination was conducted and the body was handed over to the family, who conducted the final rites later in the day.
A CLUES team with a sniffer dog examined the spot, with the police registering a case of kidnap and murder. Officials said the angle of a sexual assault could be ascertained once the autopsy report was received.