Hyderabad: The prime suspect in the brutal killing of Abdullapurmet Tahsildar Vijaya Reddy succumbed on Thursday to the burns he suffered while setting the official on fire on November 4.
K Suresh, who had suffered more than 60 per cent burns, was declared dead at 3.25 pm on Thursday by Osmania General Hospital doctors. He was on a ventilator at the hospital’s plastic surgery ICU. With little improvement in his medical condition, the doctors declared him dead.
Suresh had doused Vijaya Reddy with petrol after walking into her chambers on November 4 and then set her on fire, allegedly in connection with a land dispute. In the process, he too suffered serious burns while she ran out of the chambers and collapsed on the veranda, dying on the spot. Suresh had then surrendered before the Abdullapurmet police, who shifted him to the hospital.
In spite of Suresh’s death, a detailed investigation is expected to unravel whether there were other conspirators behind the incident, experts said.
With the prime suspect succumbing to burns, action against him will be abated.
Retired Additional Superintendent of Police Peddireddy Tirupati Reddy said the probe would also enable investigators to find out whether there were any violations on the part of the Tahsildar.
In the charge-sheet, the police can mention Suresh as accused number one. But the remaining accused, if any, would be conspirators against whom action would be taken by court, he said.