A serial rapist-murderer has been arrested in connection with the cases of girls, who had been missing, only to be found dead. The girls had been sexually assaulted before they were killed. The accused has confessed to the crime.
Telangana: A 28-year-old man has been arrested for the alleged kidnap, rape and murder of minor girls in Telangana. The bodies of the girls were found in a well in Hajipur village.
The accused, Marri Srinivas Reddy, had a modus operandi of finding a woman or girl, who was alone. If the girl was waiting for transport, Reddy would offer her a lift and take her to an isolated area. He would then sexually assault her, murder her and then dump her body to cover up evidence.
Rachakonda Police said that Srinivas Reddy had allegedly done this at least three times in the past four years. They have now arrested Srinivas Reddy, who works as a lift mechanic in the area.
Telangana was in the news four days ago after the body of a 14-year-old was found in a well in Hajipur village. The discovery of the girl’s body sent shockwaves in Telangana where locals conducted protests over police's inaction.
The police said that the accused first smothered the 14-year-old, sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, before killing and then pushed her into the well.
When the police were conducting forensic report at the well, they stumbled upon the remains of yet another girl - an 18-year-old, who had been missing for the past four months.
Police stated that Srinivas Reddy confessed to abducting, raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl from Maisireddypalli village. The girl had been missing since 2015, when she had visited Hajipur to meet her aunt.
Officials are working on finding the remains of the third victim, the 11-year-old, whose body Srinivas has confessed to having thrown in an adjacent well, according to the police.
In a press release, the police mentioned that Reddy was involved in the rape and murder of a woman.
“He along with four co-workers were residing in a rented house and they brought one unknown female lady to their room and sexually assaulted her, killed her, dumped her body in a water tank and vacated the house,” the police said in a release.
Angry villagers attacked and set ablaze Srinivas Reddy's house on Tuesday. His family members had already fled from the village.
Police have assured that the strictest of punishment will be given to the accused.
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Last Updated May 1, 2019, 2:55 PM IST