Nalgonda: In what appears to be a case of honour killing, a 24-year-old Dalit youth was hacked to death in broad daylight by an unidentified person near Jyothi Hospital at Miryalaguda town in the district on Friday. Police suspect the role of the father-in-law of the murdered youngster as he was opposed to his daughter’s inter-caste marriage with the youth.
The youngster Perumalla Pranay Kumar, a Scheduled Caste, died on the spot in the attack. He got married to 19-year-old Amruth Varshini, daughter of Maruthi Rao, a realtor, eight months ago. Maruthi Rao was against the marriage. Pranay had taken Amruth Varshini, who was pregnant, to Jyothi Hospital for a check up when he was attacked. The accused person escaped after the attack. Pranay was the son of Perumalla Balasamy and Prameela, of Vinoba Bhave Nagar in town.
Nalgonda Superintendent of Police A V Ranganath said the incident was captured on CCTV cameras installed at the hospital. He said the incident took place at 1.30 pm, and the police suspect that Maruthi Rao had hired a killer to murder his son-in-law. The knife used by the accused person was also recovered from the spot.
Pranay along with Amruth Varshini and his mother Prameela, were coming out of the hospital, when he was attacked by the assailant who hid behind an ambulance parked nearby. He attacked Pranay with a knife from behind inflicting grievous injuries on his head and neck. Amrutha Varshini also tried to stop the attacker, but in vain. Pranay died on the spot.
Pranay and Amruth Varshini were friends since their schooldays at Krishnaveni School in Miryalaguda. They also studied Intermediate in Nagarjuna College in town. Amrutha was also Pranay’s junior in engineering college.
As the two fell in love, they decided to get married but faced opposition from Maruthi Rao as Pranay belonged to the SC (Mala) community while Amrutha was from the Vysya community. However, Pranay and Amruth Varshini got married in the Arya Samaj mandir at Hyderabad in January this year and returned to Miryalaguda, where they were staying at Pranay’s house. Pranay was also for searching for a job after his B.Tech.
According to Pranay’s relatives, Maruthi Rao telephoned Amrutha Varshini on Ganesh Chaturthi, when she informed him about Friday’s hospital visit. Pranay’s father Balasamy accused Maruthi Rao of killing his son by hiring a criminal, adding that Maruthi Rao had also threatened Pranay several times in the past. Pranay’s mother Prameela said Maruthi Rao after learning about his daughter’s pregnancy wanted her to undergo an abortion.
The SP said Maruthi Rao was named accused-1 and his brother Sravan accused-2 in the case. Special teams were formed to nab the two who were absconding, he said. He urged people to inform the police about the whereabouts of the two accused persons on phone numbers — 9440795600, 9440795636.