KUMRAM BHEEM ASIFABAD: Mild tension prevailed when family members of a woman set a motorbike ablaze seeking action against perpetrators who brutally gang-raped and killed her in Lingapur mandal centre on Monday. The woman’s body was found in the forests of Lingapur. She went missing on Sunday.
Javvaji Suresh, Jainoor Sub-Inspector, said the deceased was the wife of a street vendor belonging to a nomadic community and native of Shivajinagar in Jainoor mandal. The couple originally hails from Gosampalli village in Khanapur mandal of Nirmal district.
The victim was reportedly gang-raped and killed by unidentified persons while she was selling utensils. Her body was found in the bushes on the outskirts of Ramnayak Thanda in Lingapur village. She was not reachable over the mobile phone after her husband dropped her to sell the crockery items at Ellapatar village in Jainoor mandal on Sunday afternoon.
The husband grew suspicion when she did not return home till evening. He lodged a complaint with the police. He searched for her at Ellapatar village, but could not find her. He and his family members traced the body in the wild on Ramanayak Thanda-Ellaputar village at around 10 am on Monday.
Some of his community members later staged a dharna demanding action against those who were involved in the heinous crime. They also took away her gold ornaments. They alleged that members of a certain religion were increasingly targeting women of another religion. They wanted stern action against the offenders.
The agitators called off the dharna after SP M Malla Reddy assured them of justice. The couple has two sons aged below 10. They migrated to Jainoor in search of livelihood a few years back.
It is learned that two persons belonging to Jainoor mandal had outraged her modesty and eliminated her to cover up their crime. They are understood to have been detained by cops, who are reportedly questioning the duo. The culprits are likely to be produced before a court tomorrow.
A case has been booked following a complaint lodged by her husband and investigations have begun. The post-mortem of the body was conducted at Utnoor government hospital.