Staff Reporter

V. Ananthalaxmi murdered for her gold jewellery

Production manager and accomplice invite junior artiste to their house

Throttle her to death after consuming liquor and dump her body in nala

HYDERABAD: The mystery behind the murder of a junior artiste was unravelled with the arrest of two persons, including a film production manager on Sunday.

Police said the production manager, B. Srinivasa Ravi Kumar Chowdary (38), and his accomplice K. Vasavi (30), killed junior artiste V. Ananthalaxmi (34) for gold jewellery. On February 28, they invited the artiste to their house in Moosapet for discussing a role for a forthcoming film. A native of Ramachandrapuram in neighbouring Medak district, Ananthalaxmi met them and they all consumed liquor.

After she got intoxicated, Kumar throttled her to death and removed her gold ornaments. Kumar and Vasavi then purchased a gunny bag, stuffed the body in it and dumped it in a nearby nala on the same night to conceal her identity, Task Force DCP V.B. Kamalasan Reddy told reporters on Sunday.

Sell valuables

Later, they went to Nellore and sold the gold jewellery for Rs.20,000 and returned to the city after a couple of days. After Ananthalaxmi remained untraceable her relatives lodged a complaint with the Ramchandrapuram police. Based on a tip-off, the police picked up Kumar for questioning in connection with the case. He confessed to committing the crime along with Vasavi.

The police found the highly decomposed body of the artiste in a nala in Moosapet. An autopsy was also conducted at the spot. Kumar, who was produced before the media, told reporters that he and his accomplice murdered Ananthalaxmi for gold jewellery.

Case to be altered

Mr. Kamalasan Reddy said the missing case would now be altered to that of murder for gain. The junior artiste played several roles in Telugu films and TV serials, while Kumar too acted in films like ‘Mother India’, ‘Inspector Jhansi’, ‘Allari Alludu’ and ‘Alajadi’, besides a few TV serials.

He did his diploma in Film Technology after completing M.Com. and was staying with Vasavi for the last six months in Moosapet.