ANDHRA PRADESH

Girl's death: two held

HYDERABAD, MARCH 17. The death of an eighth standard girl, V. Padma, who was found dead on the railway track four days ago, was not accidental but a murder, the police said.

Two of Padma's relatives -- Venkatesh and Srinivas -- admitted to have killed her by pushing her in front of a running train when she refused to marry either of them, the Kachiguda Government Railway Police Inspector, Ramanjaneyulu, told reporters here.

The police learnt that the victim was in love with a local painter Ganesh. On learning about the affair, Venkatesh asked Srinu to arrange a meeting with Padma. Around 8 p.m. on March 13, Srinu allegedly lured the girl onto the railway track saying that unidentified persons had attacker her brother.

Padma rushed to the railway track and found Venkatesh waiting there. An argument ensued as the girl refused to accept his marriage proposal and took both of them to task for calling her there fraudulently. In a fit of rage, Venkatesh allegedly slapped her.

As Padma continued to scold them, the duo allegedly pushed her in front of a running train, the Inspector explained. Both the accused have been arrested and remanded.

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