A 30-year-old person murdered a grocery store owner’s daughter by slitting her throat before attempting suicide in her house at Ibrahimpatnam on the city outskirts on Wednesday, the police said.

The motive behind the brutal killing is not yet known but the accused, Raghavendra Reddy of Saidabad, went to the house of Nikhila (19), at Ibrahimpatnam in the evening. A degree second year student, she was alone in the house then.

Family friend

Her father Balaraju was in his grocery store while mother Lata was out shopping. Raghavendra was a family friend of Balaraju, Ibrahimpatnam ACP V. Surender Reddy said.

“I returned home at around 5 p.m. and found the main door ajar. As I stepped inside, Raghavendra was seen inside holding a bloodstained knife,” Lata told the police.

Slits throat

According to her, Raghavendra had by then killed Nikhila by slitting her throat. Nikhila’s body was lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom. Even as a shocked Lata started shouting, Raghavendra rushed inside the bedroom and slit his throat with the same knife.

He was shifted to the Osmania General Hospital first and then to a private hospital. Raghavendra told the police that Balaraju’s family owed him near Rs. 50 lakh. He maintained that Nikhila entered into an argument with him when he insisted that the money be returned.

Raghavendra claimed that he killed Nikhila in a fit of rage but his version was being probed, the ACP said.

Raghavendra claims he killed Nikhila in a fit of rage after an argument