Three men hailing from Koderu mandal of neighbouring Mahbubnagar district were arrested on Thursday by Cyberabad police for serial murders.
The accused, in their late 20s, had allegedly murdered five women for gain and robbed five other women, police sources said. The trio would go to toddy compounds in Cyberabad and Shadnagar of Mahbubnagar.
“They would identify lonely women consuming toddy and befriend them by introducing themselves as labour contractors,” the investigators said.
Promising them to find work with better wages, the three men would take them out to an isolated location. After reaching the select location, they would consume liquor along with the women. Once the women lost consciousness, they would relieve the women precious jewellery worn by them.
If the woman resisted, the accused would strangle her to death using her sari. In this manner, they had killed five women — three in Shadnagar and two in Rajiv Gandhi International Airport police station area of Cyberabad — in the last two years.
The five murders were registered as cases of suspicious death under section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code.
“We’re yet to ascertain how the investigators failed to notice the victims in these five cases were strangled to death,” the police said.
Picking up a lead from an informant, the RGIA Inspector Krishnaiah and his team caught the accused who confessed to the killings.