The district police arrested dhaba owner Y. Muralikrishna Reddy in connection with the murder of six-year-old Dalit boy T. Venkatesh, who was working as bonded labour at the dhaba at Chillakur mandal headquarters in Nellore district.

The arrest was made on Wednesday morning following information that the main accused was hiding in a relative’s house in Nellore for the past two days.

He has been booked under Section 302 of IPC for murder and Section 344 for illegal confinement. Charges were levelled under the SC, STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Child Labour (Prevention) Act, which is stated to cover issue of bonded labour also.

The dhaba owner’s father Y. Narsa Reddy was also arrested on the charge of hiding information regarding the whereabouts of the main accused in the sensational murder case. Both of them were produced before the court in Gudur.

Guntur Range IG Ravi Gupta said that the investigation made progress with the arrest of the main accused .