A 23-year-old man who had married an upper cast girl from Hyderabad against her parents’ wishes, and afterward disappeared about a month ago, was killed by his father-in-law in front of his wife, the police said on Saturday.
Police claim that the spouse, 20-year-old Tummala Swati, was forced to call her significant other Amboji Naresh to a field on May 2 by her dad Srinvas Reddy. There, Reddy murdered Naresh with the help of his brother and nephew in front of Swati and afterward burnt the body to destroy evidence, police said.
“We were suspecting Srinivas Reddy’s hand in Naresh going missing. Amid our investigation, Reddy confessed to having committed the crime,” Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat was quoted by a leading news agency.
Investigation into the disappearance of Naresh was given over to a senior cop after Swati had allegedly committed suicide on May 15, hours before she was to be produced in a court.
Naresh had married Swati in Mumbai less than two months ago. They were allegedly forced to return only two days after the marriage as there were phone calls to the couple and to Naresh’s dad that his brother (Naresh’s uncle) is in police custody and the couple must get back home only then the police would let him off.
When the couple got down from a bus coming from Mumbai in Bhongir, around 40 kilometers from Hyderabad, Naresh disappeared. Swati was brought home by her parents.
Naresh’s parents had then filed a missing complaint with the police.