A 28-year-old Dalit man from the Mala community was hacked to death in Hyderabad for eloping with a woman belonging to Valmiki Mehtar community, which is also categorised as Scheduled Caste. The victim, Devarkonda Harish Kumar, was waylaid and hacked to death in the Petbasheerabad locality on Wednesday, March 1. Police have arrested five persons involved in the murder, and are looking for another accused who is absconding.
Harish, a resident of Suraram, who used to work as DJ, playing music in weddings and other events, was in a relationship with 25-year-old Manisha, who resides in Jiyaguda. Manishaâ€™s parents were against the relationship. On February 22, Manisha left her house and was staying at a rented place in Petbasheerabad, evading her parents, police said. However, Manishaâ€™s parents and relatives were on the lookout for the couple and learnt about their hideout through Harishâ€™s friends.
On March 1, Manishaâ€™s brother found out that the couple were getting married at a temple in Dulapally. Manishaâ€™s brother, identified as Deendayal, along with his friends followed the couple on motorcycles, intercepted them and attacked Harish with knives. Harish suffered stab injuries in his head and chest in the attack and died on the spot.
â€śWe have arrested five persons involved in the murder. One more accused is absconding. We have also recovered a knife used in the crime,â€ť said Petbasheerabad Inspector Gouri Prashanth. The police have filed a case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.