Crime
The accused, who suspected that his wife was having an extramarital affair with the victim, was on his way to murder his wife.

A shocking video which came to light on Monday showed a man being brutally hacked to death on a busy street near Visakhapatnam. In the video, a man wearing a helmet is seen getting down from a bike and approaching the victim, who is lying on the ground next to a fallen bike. The culprit swiftly hacks him with a weapon in a single blow before getting back on the bike and signalling to someone ahead of him.

Even as the young man lies on the ground before being struck, vehicles move by slowly and indifferently. A bystander who seems to be on his phone stops in his tracks when he sees the fatal blow and falters in his steps, seemingly bewildered.

The victim, who was identified as 22-year-old Kona Rajesh, died instantly. The incident occurred on Sunday at around 3 pm on Chodavaram main road, in front of a liquor store.

The Chodavaram police obtained the footage from a shop across the street. On inquiring about possible murder motives, police chased down their main suspect, 27-year-old Satthi Babu, to his hometown in the nearby Binnavolu village.

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According to the Chodavaram police, Satthi Babu suspected that his wife was having an extramarital affair with Rajesh, and committed the crime out of vengeance. “We tracked him to his home within a few hours from the murder. He was on his way to kill his own wife too. Luckily, his wife was not home and we reached in time to apprehend him,”  police said.

Police say that Satthi Babu has confessed to the crime and was sent to remand on Monday. 

Last month, two cases of murders committed in broad daylight were reported in Telangana. On June 25, a 34-year-old man was allegedly beheaded by his own relative after a tiff over a job.

On June 1, a man identified as Mahboob Pasha was brutally murdered on National Highway 65 near Rudraram village in Sangareddy district by three unidentified assailants who fled the scene on a motorcycle after the crime. Police suspected gang rivalry and a revenge plot in the murder.