Hyderabad: Nearly 48 hours after the murder of veterinary assistant surgeon P Priyanka Reddy (27), the Cyberabad Police said she was kidnapped, gang-raped and smothered to death by four youngsters near the toll gate where she had parked her scooter on Wednesday.
Announcing the arrests of the four suspects at a press conference here on Friday, Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar said two truck drivers and two cleaners were arrested in connection with the case.
The four had seen the victim parking her two-wheeler and decided to trap her, for which they deliberately let the air out of the scooter tyre and convinced her that the scooter had a flat tyre and that they would help her.
The prime suspect was Mohammed Arif (26), a truck driver. The other three, all aged 20, were cleaners J Shiva, and J Naveen, and C Chennakeshavulu alias Chenna, a driver. All were residents of Makthal in Narayanpet district.
“Detailed enquiry with witnesses, examination of surveillance cameras and human intelligence led to solving of the case,” Sajjanar said.
Arif used to deliver goods from Hyderabad to Karnataka in his truck. On Wednesday, he had parked the truck near Tondupally toll gate along with Shiva and the other two. Around 6 pm, while they were consuming liquor, they saw Priyanka parking her scooter near the toll plaza and decided to trap her.
“Naveen suggested the idea of a flat tyre and without anyone seeing, let the air out. When Priyanka returned from Gachibowli at 9.18 pm, Arif told her about the flat tyre and offered help, to which she innocently agreed. He sent Shiva to fill air in the tyre,” the Commissioner said, adding that it was at this time that Priyanka called her sister and talked about her situation. Shiva returned 10 minutes later, saying the puncture shops were closed and went again.
“Arif, Naveen and Chennakeshavulu then dragged her into the open compound nearby. Shiva joined them. They overpowered her and raped her one after the other,” Sajjanar said, adding that Arif had forcibly held her mouth and nose shut, thus smothering her to death by 10.08 pm.
They then wrapped the body in a blanket and put it in the driver’s cabin of the truck. While Shiva and Naveen rode the scooter towards Shadnagar, Arif and Chennakeshavulu followed in the truck. Shiva and Naveen went searching for petrol carrying an empty bottle. After being refused at one pump, they managed to get some from a pump in Kothur.
“They stopped near J P Dargah crossroads in Kothur and took out diesel from the truck’s fuel tank. Then, taking a ‘U’ turn near Shadnagar crossroads, they stopped above the culvert in Chatanpally. They took the body to the underpass and set it on fire after dousing it with petrol and diesel,” Sajjanar said, adding that the police would try for a speedy trial in a fast-track court.