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Is hired killer the same one who shot dead ex-Gujarat Home Minister?

When grief strikes: People from various walks of life taking part in the funeral procession of Pranay at Miryalguda in Nalgonda district on Sunday. (Below) Pranay’s brother Ajay weeping inconsolably on seeing his brother’s mortal remains.

When grief strikes: People from various walks of life taking part in the funeral procession of Pranay at Miryalguda in Nalgonda district on Sunday. (Below) Pranay’s brother Ajay weeping inconsolably on seeing his brother’s mortal remains.  

Police detain three associates of the person who killed Pranay

Maruthi Rao, the builder from Miryalaguda who allegedly hatched the plan to get his son-in-law Pranay killed, may have hired the services of a person, who was acquitted in the killing of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya in 2003 and in an earlier case of helping a murder accused escape in Hyderabad.

Miryalaguda police investigating the sensational daylight hacking of Pranay, who had married Amrutha Varshini from an upper caste, are looking into the role of this particular man.

High-security prisoner

It was said that he was a ‘high-security prisoner’ in Rajahmundry prison in 2011, and was an associate of the prime accused who had killed Haren Pandya. Both hail from Nalgonda district and were acquitted in January 2013. Since then, they were living in Hyderabad’s old city. It is believed that one of them was the person who hacked Pranay.

Sources also revealed that three other associates of the man who killed Pranay have been detained. It is not yet clear if the person who hacked Pranay was nabbed.

Those detained for questioning have been lodged in different police stations and they are being grilled for their role in the killing.

The two prime accused in Pranay’s murder – Maruthi Rao and his younger brother Sravan – have also been picked up and are being interrogated at undisclosed places.

New twist

However, the investigation took a new twist on Sunday with the investigators picking up a Congressman from Miryalaguda, Mohammed Kareem, on a strong suspicion that he could have provided shelter for the killers.

The investigators say that Maruthi Rao got enraged after watching the reception party photos and videos of his daughter Amrutha, with Pranay.

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