The mortal remains of ten-year-old Naga Vaishnavi, daughter of Vijayawada backward classes leader and real estate businessman Palagani Prabhakar, were recovered by Guntur Police after forensic expert Professor Rajakumar from Guntur Government General Hospital conducted post-mortem on Tuesday morning.
The forensic expert said that age of the skull and bones found in the underground Boiler-cum-furnace can be determined only through scientific experiments at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Hyderabad. The bones and ashes were collected in two earthen pots and packed in cartons to shift them to Vijayawada. The DNA test would be conducted on the bones found there and matched with that of Vaishnavi's parents.
The electric furnace generally used for melting scrap iron at 1,500 centigrade is 5-feet below ground and body was allegedly dumped inside by accused Srinivasa Rao, owner of the unit -- Sarada Industries in association with another accomplice Jagadish and three other hired goons. The police believe that the girl was murdered soon after she was shifted from the `Chervolet Tavera' vehicle at Tadepalli in Guntur district and shifted to a Mercedes Benz, that was being driven by one of the hired goons.
Before Vaishnavi's body was brought to the foundry in Auto Nagar here, all the 30 workers and watchman of the unit were given leave and sent home on Saturday morning. The unit being at the dead-end of the Industrial Estate close to the railway tracks, not many people travel on that road and the accused seemed to have taken advantage of that in a planned manner.
It was the cell phone record of Vaishnavi's maternal uncle Venkat Rao, a lawyer, which indicated that Srinivasa Rao from Nehru Nagar in Guntur had contacted him several times on the day of kidnap, helping police to apprehend him. Based on the revelations of Venkata Rao and Srinivasa Rao, the Vijayawada police to came to the unit at Auto Nagar in Guntur. The Deputy Superintendent of Police Tummalapalli Annapurna said that local inquest was completed and material evidence collected to handover all clues to Vijayawada police to further their investigation.