Warangal: The Hanmakonda police on Saturday arrested a woman and her husband for an alleged attempt to kill a cell phone shop owner by setting him on fire on Friday. They were identified as Godugu Kavya, the main accused, and Godugu Ganesh, an agent with the Achala Chit Funds Pvt Ltd.
In a press note here on Saturday, Warangal Police Commissioner Dr Tarun Joshi said that Pittala Raju, an owner of a cell phone shop, has subscribed Rs five lakh worth of chit in Achala Chit Funds Pvt Ltd, following the persuasion by chit fund company’s agent Godugu Ganesh. Raju won the chit amount in a chit auction after a few months, but the management had delayed payment of the amount despite several pleas made by him.
“While three cheques were issued to the victim by the chit fund company, he could not get the amount due to the bouncing of two cheques. This has prompted him to mount pressure on Ganesh which has provoked Ganesh and Kavya to hatch a plan to eliminate Raju. As a part of this, the couple went to Raju’s cell phone shop and doused him and the shop in petrol and set fire,” the CP said, adding that the Hanmakonda police, who are investigating the incident, had nabbed the couple near the Kasibugga crossroads after they received a tip-off. The CP said that the couple had confessed to the crime before the police.
Meanwhile, the police have surprisingly not made any mention of anything about the role of the staff or management of the Achala Chit Funds Pvt Ltd who failed to pay the prized amount by Raju in their press statement. There were several allegations over the delay in the payment of the prized amount to successful bidder among the chit subscribers by the chit fund companies in Warangal.
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