When a 14-year-old girl in a village in Telangana went missing recently, little did the locals imagine that it would lead to a series of gruesome rape and murder cases tumbling out that neither the police, nor the villagers had any inkling about for years.
Police came across the skeletal remains of a 14-year-old girl, who was missing since last month, deep inside a dry well at the Hajipur village in Telangana’s Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district.
Postmortem reports showed she had been sexually assaulted before being killed and dumped in the well.
Soon, the 14-year-old’s murder led to the recovery of the skeletal remains of another 18-year-old who had been missing for months.
The revelation led to protests by a group of villagers who ransacked the accused’s house, who has been identified as Srinivas Reddy. According to police, the man, who is in his late twenties, has confessed to killing three young girls and a woman in a similar fashion.
The 18-year-old’s body was identified from her clothes and ID card which was found in the well along with her skeletal remains.
As the two gruesome murders came to the fore, the family members of an 11-year-old girl, who had been missing since 2015, approached the police fearing she may have met with a similar fate.
According to a News18 report, police have come across remains of the 11-year-old, who was also sexually assaulted, killed, tied in a gunny bag and dumped in a well.
All the three victims were apparently returning home from school when Reddy would approach them and offer to drop them home.
Police has now confirmed that the accused has accepted that he killed these three young girls and also a woman, who is yet to be identified.
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat said a Sub-Inspector of Police has been suspended for “neglecting” crime prevention duty and an Assistant Commissioner of Police was now investigating the cases.
“Investigation in the two murder cases is going on in the right direction. We will detect the case and are collecting scientific evidence,” he said.