Accused woman was desperate for a child after her daughter's death

The city police on Friday nabbed a 35-year-old woman on the charge of abducting a two-year-old baby girl from a vegetable market at Baghlingampally five days ago.

Lavanya alias Puja saw little Vaishnavi playing near a stall where her parents were selling vegetables at the market and took her away to her residence in Dammaiguda in an auto-rickshaw.

Following a complaint from the parents on January 12, police booked a case and pasted posters of the baby’s photograph. On a tip-off, police searched Lavanya’s house from where the baby was rescued. During questioning, Lavanya confessed to her crime.

Her husband committed suicide three years ago and her daughter had died of jaundice. The accused, who had been alone, wanted to adopt a child and visited Gandhi and other maternity hospitals but in vain.

Double murder case cracked

A clash over claiming rights for cutting grass during an auction and selling it to milk vendors led to the murder of two persons at Manasa Hills under Rajendranagar police station limits a few days ago, the police said.

A milk businessman, identified as Balraj from Manikyamma Colony in Rajendranagar, was nabbed in connection with the murders, said Rajendranagar Inspector Ch. Kushalkar.

The victims -- M. Mallesh Yadav, 30, a milk businessman, and his friend Lingala Nandu, 28, a daily wager, were residents of Manikyamma Colony. Balraj met them at an isolated place at Manasa Hills where he offered them ID liquor laced with a chemical substance. Once they became unconscious, Balraj smashed their heads with a boulder, killing them on the spot. Their bodies were found at Manasa Hills by the locals who informed the police.

Mr. Kushalkar said Balraj and Mallesh were at loggerheads over rights for cutting the grass. To eliminate him, Balraj met Mallesh and his friend Nandu at Manasa Hills and killed them.

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