Utter shock prevailed at the TTD's administrative building here on Saturday morning with the murder of an employee at its main portal in broad daylight.
An eerie calm was palpable at the office throughout the day, which generally reverberates with ‘Om Namo Venkatesaya' blared through speakers.
The employees who were pouring into the office at around 10.30 a.m. were stunned to see the body of Y. Mallikarjuna Rao, 43, a senior assistant cadre employee working in the Pay and Accounts section.
Stabbed 20 times
Eye witness accounts recall that Rao was accosted by M. Srinivasa Rao (36), who runs a computer store in the vicinity, at the parking lot and chased up to the main entrance, before he was stabbed 20 times. Mallikarjun collapsed on the spot and breathed his last in a pool of blood. The accused did not attempt to make good his escape when he was caught by the TTD's vigilance sleuths and was handed over to the police.
Though the Deputy Superintendent of Police (Tirupati East Division) K. Kesappa said it was too early to conclude if it was a case of an extramarital affair, he said primary investigation revealed that Mallikarjuna Rao had been found harassing Srinivasa Rao's wife, working as a junior employee in his department and exerting pressure on her to yield to his lust. Enraged over this, Srinivasa Rao accosted him this morning and stabbed him.
Srinivasa Rao confessed to the crime, while his wife has been picked up by the police for further investigation.