‘They harassed my teenaged daughter and threatened to abduct her'

An autorickshaw driver has surrendered before police on Thursday admitting that he had murdered two painters in Shamshabad a fortnight ago as they ‘sexually harassed his teenaged daughter'.

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport police have recovered burnt skeletal remains, believed to be that of the victims-Mallesh and Mahesh-from an isolated place in Gaganpahad of Shamshabad based on the confession of the driver Venkatesh, police sources said. The accused from Laxmiguda Housing Board Colony in Sivarampally told the police that the painters used to create nuisance in the locality by shouting at people in drunken condition daily.

“They sexually harassed my daughter, a 10 {+t} {+h} standard student, by passing lewd comments on her. In an inebriated condition they threatened to abduct her,” police sources said quoting him as saying. The driver nursed grudge against the two painters, who shifted to the colony six months ago.

They used to tell locals that they earlier lived at Nampally.

The driver befriended the painters by offering liquor. On January 24, he lured them to a secluded place with bushes all around at Gaganpahad on the pretext of throwing a party.

When the duo got heavily drunk, Venkatesh took Mallesh to a side saying he wanted to share some information and beat him to death with a stick.

After hiding the body in the bushes, he called Mahesh to the same place and killed him in a similar fashion, sources maintained. Later, he sprinkled kerosene on the bodies and set them on fire.

Venkatesh did not reveal the matter to anyone but explained the incident to a person in an intoxicated condition.

Later, he surrendered before Sivarampally police who handed over him to their counterparts of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The driver led the police to the spot where he had burnt the bodies.

The skeletal remains were being sent for the DNA fingerprinting test to establish the identity of the victims.

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