Brother-in-law of P. Naga Vaishnavi’s father “guilty”; body found in a boiler
GUNTUR: Ten-year-old schoolgirl P. Naga Vaishnavi, who was kidnapped in broad daylight in Vijayawada on Saturday, was found brutally murdered by her abductors on the outskirts of the city on Monday evening.
The three-day-long kidnap drama came to a tragic end when Guntur police recovered the girl’s body from the boiler of a foundry located in a remote corner of Autonagar adjacent to the Guntur-Vijayawada railway line.
Vaishnavi was kidnapped at Madhuranagar in Vijayawada on Saturday when her abductors killed the driver of the car in which she was travelling and took her away. Her brother, Sai Tejesh (14), who was accompanying her to school, managed to escape from their clutches.
Vijayawada police traced the girl’s body on information provided by Venkata Rao, brother-in-law of Vaishnavi’s father P. Prabhakara Rao. Venkata Rao was picked up by police in Vijayawada on Monday morning as part of the extensive investigation launched to solve the kidnap mystery.
He is the brother of Mr. Prabhakara Rao’s first wife, Venkatramanamma.
Following interrogation, Venkata Rao confessed that the kidnap took place at his instance and gave information about the location of the foundry where the girl’s body was dumped. The foundry is owned by Srinivasa Rao, a cousin of Venkataramanamma, Guntur Superintendent of Police Shankhabrata Bagchi told reporters.
The police took over the premises and did not allow anyone inside the foundry. The body was completely charred and police suspect that the girl was killed before being dumped into the boiler. The SP said CLUES team from Vijayawada would ascertain further details.
As soon as he heard the news about his daughter’s murder, Mr. Prabhakara Rao was shifted to hospital where he was referred to a heart specialist. There was public outrage in Vijayawada over the murder and the steady stream of visitors, including political leaders, who went to the girl’s house demanded severe punishment for the culprits.
Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy, when contacted, described the murder as ‘unfortunate’.
She said that a special investigation team would be constituted to track down the killers and steps taken to ensure speedy trial.