In yet another incident where a man was attacked on a busy street in broad daylight in Hyderabad, a 23-year-old is battling for his life at a private hospital in the city, after his in-laws allegedly stabbed him.
The police said that the victim, identified as Imitiaz, had been in a relationship with a woman, Fatima, for many years. The woman ran away from her house on June 5 and they married on June 6 in the city, against the wishes of her parents.
The video shows a group of men blocking a car with an auto during peak traffic hours and attempting to get into the vehicle where Imtiaz was sitting. They manage to pull the others out and assault the victim, asking him to step out.
They manage to pull him out and even as hundreds of people on the road watched with horror, the accused stabbed Imtiaz repeatedly with a butcher's knife, till he collapsed in the middle of the road, bleeding.
One of the accused men is seen repeatedly attempting to stab Imtiaz even after he collapsed, while the others pull him back.
A screenshot from the video
"The girl's father had called us and said that he wanted to meet the couple. But they hatched a bigger plan. We suspect that her brother planned the whole murder attempt. We even approached the police and asked for protection. As soon as our car stopped at the signal near Borabanda, nine people blocked our vehicle and stabbed him with a butcher's knife. They even cut off a finger of the girl," a relative told the media.
"Today evening, Imtiaz was attacked by his in-laws because the woman's father, Syed Ali, held a grudge about the couple getting married. The police had counselled both sides on Friday at the SR Nagar police station and the woman's family had responded positively. However, after coming out, it seems like they carried out a planned attack," Thirupathanna, ACP, Punjagutta, told reporters.
The woman's father, three brothers and brother-in-law have been taken into custody. The police said that further investigation was underway.
Hyderabad Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin also visited the young man and assured his family of support from the state government.
Just last week in Telangana, a man identified as Mahboob Pasha was brutally murdered in broad daylight on National Highway 65 near Rudraram village, Sangareddy district, by three unidentified assailants who fled the scene on a motorcycle after the crime. Police suspect gang rivalry and a revenge plot in the murder