Crime
Police have sent Kumar’s body for autopsy to ascertain if it was murder or suicide.
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A 23-year-old man was found dead in Telangana’s Karimnagar district under suspicious circumstances on Tuesday. The death sparked protests at the Warangal-Karimnagar highway by the victim’s family demanding police action, as they suspected that it was a murder.

On Tuesday around 8 am, Gaddi Kumar’s family members and other villagers went around searching for him and they found his body in a cotton field near Vankalayagudem. The agitated crowd alleged that Gaddi Kumar was killed by the family members of the girl he was in love with. The crowd protested for nearly an hour, before the police intervened and assured a fair investigation into the case.

Shankarampet police said that Kumar’s family filed a complaint with them on Monday evening, after Kumar went missing. The victim’s family said that Kumar went to meet his girlfriend and did not return.

According to reports, Kumar, a resident of Tadikal was in love with a girl, studying in Class 12, from the neighbouring village of Vankayalagudem. However, the girl’s family had raised objections, reportedly due to caste. Kumar belongs to the Yadav community, a backward caste; the girl belongs to the Goud community, also listed as a backward caste.

The couple were reportedly planning to marry. But learning of their plans, the girl’s parents had warned Kumar of dire consequences, local reporters said.

However, police said that they are not sure of these claims made by the local media. “We are still investigating the case and need to verify these claims. At this juncture we can’t even tell if it is murder or suicide,” said Shankarampet Inspector T Satyanarayana.

Police have sent Kumar’s body to Huzurabad hospital for autopsy. “Only after the post mortem report, we can tell if it is murder,” Satyanarayana said.