Staff Reporter

It shocks people in Alwal where hundreds of BPO employees live

Altercation begins at wine shop where some locals try to attack BPO staffer

Later, the locals chase the staffer, attack him with axe and flee

HYDERABAD: Three persons attacked a BPO centre employee after an argument at a wine shop and murdered him even as he ran for his life during daytime on Friday at Gollabasthi Kaman of Alwal on Friday.

The brutal murder shocked Alwal and the surrounding areas where hundreds of BPO and call centre employees live apparently due to low rents and cost of living compared to central parts of the State capital. The shocking incident unfolded around noon when Rajan Mark Mathew, 27, a BPO centre employee, came to Harika Wines in Subhashnagar, along with two other friends.

Minor altercation

“We’re told that Mathew’s bike accidentally hit the motorcycle of one Dattu living in Gollabasthi Kaman and this led to an argument,” the Alwal Inspector, G.V. Srinivas Kumar, told reporters. Dattu and his two associates - Nandu and Dharmendra - abused Mathew and tried to attack him but backed off as the latter’s two friends intervened and pacified them.

Dattu and his friends were allegedly drunk then. After sometime, Mathew began walking to his house near the Kaman. He stopped near a pan shop and lit a cigarette when the trio came on a bike and allegedly began beating him up. The BPO centre employee initially tried to resist but began running for cover when one of the attackers picked up an axe from a passerby and lunged at him.

Barge into house

Even as Mathew reached his house and tried to shut the gate, the trio came running, surrounded him, attacked with the axe and smashed his head with flower pots and fled as Mathew’s sister raised an alarm.

Dies in hospital

Mathew was shifted to a private hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

A hunt has been launched for the three accused persons, all of whom were residents of Gollabasthi Kaman and working in a printing press.