ANDHRA PRADESH

Cops clueless about murders

Notwithstanding the probe from all angles by the police, some murder cases remain unsolved due to various factors. Lack of clues to ascertain the victims' identity and the motive is proving to be a stumbling block.

In the absence of important leads, investigating officials are racking up their brains to solve the three murder cases reported last Saturday in and around Hyderabad. While the victims have been identified in the cases under Saroornagar and Alwal police station limits, there has been no progress in the case relating to the Kachiguda police station.

A woman labourer, Laxmi (35), who used to reside on pavements, was found strangulated to death at an isolated place in New Dilsukhnagar area.

Inquiries revealed that the victim migrated from Kurnool along with her two sons after her husband, Ramesh, reportedly split up with her. The needle of suspicion pointed towards some ``customers'', as the woman was said to have indulged in flesh-trade to eke out a livelihood. However, the motive was yet to be established. The murder could have taken place after midnight, as the victim was seen with her children around 11 p.m. by some passers-by. It is suspected that some labourers raped her and subsequently killed her to conceal their offence. Did she go to the place with some familiar persons or was she taken there forcibly? The police are trying to find answers to these questions.

In another mysterious case, a 35-year-old man was found murdered with his head smashed beside a tree near Hasmathpet tank. Two days later, he was identified as Nagaraju, a welder working with a private firm. An empty liquor bottle and glasses recovered from the scene of offence suggested that the victim might have consumed liquor with two or three others before he was killed. Only a `dhoti' was found on the body. Though no incriminating evidence was collected, the police suspect it to be a case of "sexual jealousy."

While investigating officers are confident of achieving a breakthrough in these two cases sooner or later, the Kachiguda police are clueless about the killers of an unidentified man whose highly decomposed body was found tied in plastic bag beside a public toilet near Barkatpura Chaman. The decomposed body indicated that the victim (35) could have been murdered a week ago. The police believe that the killers dumped the body near the toilet after executing the murder somewhere else.

The only clue was the tailor mark on the victim's shirt. Even as the police traced the tailor to Noorkhan bazar area, the latter pleaded ignorance about the victim except saying that the shirt was stitched two years ago. Inquiries with people living on pavements and near the Kachiguda railway station also could not provide any leads. Investigating agencies hope the superimposition of the skull would give an idea about the victim's facial features.

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