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‘Spurned lover’ attacks cousin with sickle; girl hospitalised

The victim who sustained deep cut wounds is recuperating after she underwent a surgery

The accused was thrashed by students and handed over to the police

HYDERABAD: A “spurned lover” attacked a co-student and his close relative whom he wanted to marry, with a hunting sickle on their college campus at Meerpet in L.B. Nagar on Thursday.

Lavanya, a final year polytechnic student of Teegala Rami Reddy College, sustained four deep cut wounds on her chest, abdomen, chin and hand in the assault that shocked students and sparked protests from all quarters.

Doctors of a corporate hospital at Malakpet said she was recuperating after she underwent a surgery.

The accused, M. Sudhakar Naik, 22, was caught when he tried to flee and was beaten up before being handed over to the L.B. Nagar police.

Twenty-year-old Lavanya was walking towards the laboratory along with classmates around 8.30 a.m. when Naik followed them carrying a bag. “He came from behind, pulled Lavanya by her hand and took out the sickle scaring us all,” the victim’s friends said. Showering abuses on her, Naik hit her with the weapon repeatedly even as she tried to escape. Alerted by her cries, college staff members and students rushed and overpowered him.

While some shifted the injured student to the hospital, others thrashed him before calling in the police.

Marriage issue

Naik hailed from Kadapa and Lavanya, hailing from Kamareddy of Nizamabad, is the daughter of his maternal uncle. “Both families consented to our marriage proposal, but Lavanya started avoiding me for the past six months after our elders developed differences over a family matter,” he said.

Chopper’s knife

Naik maintained that he only wanted to scare Lavanya, but did not intend to kill her. “I still want to marry her,” he added. Along with the hunting sickle which he got made at Santoshnagar, he carried a chopper’s knife in the bag.

A case of attempt to murder was registered.

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