A Class 12 student, whose body was found on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Tuesday, was murdered by her friend, police said on Wednesday.
The boy was arrested by the police, a day after the decomposed body of Maya* was found on the hillocks near Ameenpur at Madinaguda. Locals who spotted the body alerted the police.
The 17-year-old girl, a resident of Miyapur, was missing since Saturday and police had registered a case of kidnapping.
The case was solved after scanning CCTV footage, which showed the girl along with a youth getting down from an auto-rickshaw and walking towards the bushes.
He was later identified as SK (name changed), who was her classmate from Class 6 to 10.
Interestingly, SK had also visited the deceased's house on Tuesday to console her family members.
The accused told the police they were in love for the last two years but he was trying to avoid her for the last few months.
The girl apparently was pressurising him to continue the relationship and marry her, so he decided to get rid of her.
On Saturday, he took her to the Ameenpur hillocks and during a heated argument assaulted her. He later pushed her down the hillock, leading to her death.
The victim's father, a businessman, suspects that the boy was not alone in committing the crime. He said some others might have helped him.
The girl had left the house on Saturday evening to meet some friends. When she did not return home till late in the night, the family lodged a complaint with police.
Speaking to media persons, Maya's family said they were sure that she did not commit suicide.
â€śShe is a very strong girl and cannot commit suicide. She did not have any problems too. This is a clear case of murder and the killers should be arrested immediately,â€ť her sister was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, her school in Bachupally also organised a condolence meet for the deceased.