The couple got married in January this year in an Arya Samaj ceremony in Hyderabad.

Wedding photo of the couple: Dalit man beaten to death in Hyderabad allegedly for marrying Muslim woman
news Crime Thursday, May 05, 2022 - 11:41

A 26-year-old Dalit man, Billipuram Nagaraju, was brutally beaten and stabbled to death on a busy road in Saroornagar in Hyderabad, for allegedly marrying a woman from the Muslim community against their family’s wishes. The incident took place at around 9 pm on Wednesday, May 4. The couple who were traveling on their two-wheeler were pursued by the woman’s brother and another relative on a bike. The perpetrators then obstructed the couple and hit the victim with an iron rod on his head and also attacked him with a knife. When onlookers tried to stop them, they were threatened, police said. Nagaraju immediately succumbed to the blows. The victim belongs to the Mala community, categorised as Scheduled Caste in the state.

Update: Two arrested for murder of Dalit man in Hyderabad over marriage to Muslim woman

While Nagaraju is a native of Marpalle in Rangareddy district, Ashrin hails from the neighboring Ghanapur village in the same district. As Ashrin’s parents did not agree to their proposal, the couple got married on January 31 this year in an Arya Samaj ceremony in Hyderabad. 

After their marriage, the couple were living in Panjala Anil Kumar Colony in Saroornagar, and Nagaraju was working as a car salesman. However, suspecting that they were being followed by Ashrin’s family members, the couple had shifted to Visakhapatnam for a brief period, according to reports. They returned to the city just five days ago. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police, LB Nagar zone, P Sreedhar Reddy said, “The woman’s brother and her relative had found the residence of the couple. The victim was attacked with an iron road and knife. Preliminary investigation revealed that two persons were involved in the incident. We are conducting further investigation.”

The police have registered a case under section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Speaking to TNM, Saroornagar Inspector K Seetharam said, “The motive is clear. They killed the victim because he belonged to a different religion.” 

Meanwhile, mild tension prevailed in the area when BJP activists gathered and raised slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while demanding justice for the victim. The protesting BJP activists demanded that the accused should be promptly punished.


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