ANDHRA PRADESH

Three held for typist's murder

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: City police on Saturday arrested three persons in the sensational murder case of Subbalaxmi, 37, a typist in an advocate's office.

However, the motive behind the killing remained a mystery with the alleged main killer Venkateswara Rao, working as car driver in the same advocate's office, remaining elusive. A resident of Chikkadpally, the woman went missing on November 14.

Eight days later, her putrefied body was found in a roadside pit near a dhaba in Rajendranagar.

On learning that Subbalaxmi was last seen with Rao, the police started looking out for him but by then he went underground. Further investigation revealed that Rao and his wife Laxmi took Subbalaxmito a rented house in Adarshnagar.

The car driver reportedly told her that he would help her solve the dispute she had with her relatives over a house in Chikkadpally. After his wife left, Rao called in three of his associates -- E. Sridhar Babu, E. Srinivas and R. Balakrishna -- into the house. While the trio tied down the woman and gagged her, Rao beat her with a stick. After a few hours of torture, the woman died. Hunt is on for Rao and his wife.