Hyderabad: A strained relationship with a friend of six years is believed to have led to the premeditated murder of 17-year-old Chandini Jain, whose decomposed body was found amid boulders on the Madhavapuri Hills in Ameenpur on Monday.
The Cyberabad police, along with the Ameenpur police, on Wednesday, apprehended a juvenile, also aged 17 years, on charges of the murder. Cyberabad Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya said the girl was murdered between 5 pm and 11 pm on Saturday, after the juvenile took her to a secluded spot on the hill, where they had gone about two months ago.
Shandilya said Chandini and the boy knew each other for over six years, with the two of them studying in the same school from Class 6 to 10. They were very close friends. Chandini had left home on Saturday, telling her parents that she was off to a party and would be back by night. CCTV footage from near Madhavapuri Hills indicated that she went with the boy in an auto rickshaw and as per the boy’s version, they had gone there to sort out a few issues between them.
Rows over relationship
“For the past couple of years, they were having disputes over continuing their relationship. The juvenile said that she was pressurising him to marry her,” Shandilya said, adding that this was yet to be verified.
The two boarded an auto rickshaw from Deepthisri Nagar crossroads around 5 pm and reached Madhavapuri Hills at 5.28 pm and walked up the hill. The spot was secluded, and the two are said to have had an argument, during which the boy throttled her to death and then dragged her body to the edge of the cliff. Though he tried to push it down, he did not succeed and the body remained stuck between boulders, where it was found two days later.
“It was a pre-meditated murder,” said Shandilya. The police identified the juvenile based on the CCTV footage and arrested him. He reportedly confessed to the crime during interrogation. He was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board on Wednesday.