Naveen S Garewal
Today News Online Service
Hyderabad, February 25
A 19-year-old second-year degree student was killed by her classmate for talking to other boys, in the Narsaraopeta area of Guntur district.
The boy allegedly took the girl to a secluded place on the pretext of “hanging out” and strangled her to death.
The accused has confessed to his involvement in the murder and taken into custody, said the police.
The incident came to light on Wednesday with the recovery of the girl’s body from near the Palapadu Canal.
According to police, the victim and the accused were classmates and the latter was resentful of the girl talking to other boys in the class.
Police said the accused picked up the victim from the college on the pretext of hanging out.
They went to the Palapadu canal where the boy confronted the girl and objected to her talking to other boys. This led to a heated argument following which the accused choked the girl to death with his foot, said the police.
Inspector Y Atchaiah, Narsaraopeta Rural, said, “Preliminary investigation reveals that the accused and the deceased were in a relationship. Suspecting her behaviour, he wanted to confront her and took her to a remote area in Palapadu and killed her by choking her to death with his foot.”
The victim’s classmates carried her body to the Narsaraopeta main road and sought justice for the girl. They said they would not cremate the body until justice is delivered.
This incident resulted in some tension in and around Narsaraopeta. The students and activists also blocked the main roads.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Narsaraopeta, assured the protesters of filing a case under all relevant sections, including Nirbhaya Act, against the accused.
Telugu Desam Party general secretary Nara Lokesh asked Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to give up his “publicity drama” and take steps to protect women.