People demand stringent punishment for the culprits
Girl’s mother and brother inconsolable
The incident is termed a blot on humanity
VIJAYAWADA: Shock, disbelief and a strong sense of outrage overtook the city as the news of killing of Vaishnavi, the abducted daughter of businessman Palagani Prabhakara Rao, began spreading on Monday evening.
The family members of Vaishnavi, who were nursing a hope throughout the day that the 10-year-old girl would return home safely, broke down as soon as the TV channels broke the news of the body being found near Guntur. The family also received the news around the same time from the Guntur police.
Mr. Prabhakara Rao appeared distraught and remained speechless for some time, but later developed health complications and complained of unease in the chest. His blood pressure too shot up.
He was immediately rushed to the Poorna Heartcare Institute and from there to Help Hospital.
Mother Narmada and brother Sai Tejesh remained inconsolable even as the near and dear tried to control their emotions.
They turned hysterical and began yelling and breaking into bouts of wails.
Sea of humanity
The Ayodhya Nagar area, where the residence of Mr. Prabhakara Rao is located, turned into a sea of humanity as scores of people thronged the place to express their sympathies to the grieving family.
The crowds became uncontrollable and there was much pushing and shoving around, which led to The Hindu staff reporter G.V.R. Subba Rao falling down and sustaining a fracture on his left hand.
The police thrown a cordon around the house and did not allow media persons from going in.
However, the steady stream of visitors, which included a good number of elected representatives like MLAs, corporators and leaders of different political parties, posed a problem to the police.
They were unanimous in their condemnation of the incident, calling it an “inhuman act” and a “blot on humanity”. They demanded stringent punishment to the culprits, while several youths who gathered there raised slogans like “throw the culprits too into a blast furnace” and “hand them over to us and we will punish them in an appropriate manner.”
‘Innocent and smiling’
Several women in the neighbourhood recalled the smiling and effervescent Vaishnavi who was “sociable” and never displayed any sense of belonging to a rich family.
“Every Sunday she moves from one house to another and mingles with all without any inhibition. It is difficult to forget her innocent and smiling face,” said Satyavathi, a woman residing close to Mr. Prabhakara Rao’s residence.