A retired regional transport officer was murdered at his residence at Venkat Nagar on Tuesday night. The issue came to light on Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Nelli Verriyya Naidu, 59, who retired from service on December 31, 2010.

He was residing alone in the first floor of his two-storeyed building, as his wife Triveni left for their daughter's house in Hyderabad a few weeks ago. He was last seen by his car driver Satyanarayana and maid Devudamma at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

A few of his friends, who had the habit of meeting him regularly on the ground of Rangaraya Medical College during morning walk, grew suspicious as Naidu did not turn up that day.

After making repeated calls to his mobile phone and landline, which were unanswered, they rushed to his house that was locked from inside.

They peeped through the window and saw the body of Naidu in a pool of blood. They informed the police, other friends and family members.

The police found head injuries and a blood-soaked stick near the body. They also spotted a whitepaper, on which the eyeglasses of Naidu were placed neatly. The police suspected that the murder was committed around midnight and the persons known to Naidu might have resorted to it.

The suspicion is that it was a pre-planned murder and at least two persons might have been involved in it.

They might have gained entry into the house from the front door and Naidu might have welcomed them into his house. After the murder, the miscreants might have left using the front door by locking the automatic door-lock from inside.

Naidu had two sons and two daughters and the elder son was working in London. The younger son and two daughters were in Hyderabad.

The police were investigating the case from different angels, as it was learnt that Naidu made a huge withdrawal from his bank account on Tuesday morning and kept the money with him. It was also learnt that there were some differences within the family due to his close association with a few people. Members of the Clues team were pressed into service and the services of sniffer dogs were used.

A team of officials led by Deputy Superintendent of Police B. Lakshmi Narayana took up the investigation. A case was registered and an inquest was conducted.