Crime
The police said that the main accused was the victim's husband, and a bartender.
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The Cyberabad police have cracked the gruesome case of the murder of a pregnant woman who was found chopped up near Hyderabad's Botanical Gardens in Kondapur.

The woman has been identified as Pinky, a native of Bihar, after her parents reportedly met the investigating officials.

This came two days after the police found a vital clue after they analysed CCTV footage and said that they found a duo riding on a bike who appeared to be carrying a heavy bag. A woman was seen sitting behind and holding the bag, while a man was riding the vehicle.

The police said that the main accused was Pinky's husband, identified as Vikas Kashyap, and Amarkanth Jha, a bartender.

Following this, they conducted searches in Siddique Nagar and took two people into custody.

"The prime suspects were identified as Amarkanth Jha and Pinky’s husband Vikas Kashyap, both are absconding. The arrested persons are Amarkanth’s parents – Mamtha Jha and Anil Jha. The murder is linked to a dispute between Amarkanth’s family and Kashyap," Cyberabad Police Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya was quoted as saying.

A seven-year-old boy was also taken into custody after he was found with the husband and wife. He is suspected to be Vikas' son.

While Vikas is still absconding, a police official told TNM that Amarkanth Jha had been traced to Bihar, and a police team has been sent there. He also added that Amarkanth would be taken into custody soon.

The police are expected to reveal more details on Tuesday, after further investigation.

The body was found at Sri Ram Nagar, next to Botanical Gardens, which is situated close to the city's IT hub.

A post-mortem examination revealed that the woman was eight-months pregnant and may have also been beaten before she was killed, as she had a fractured pelvis and a ruptured uterus, besides broken ribs.

The police later found that the victim visited Udupi hotel in Gachibowli on January 28, two days before her body was found, based on eye-witness accounts.

The woman’s portrait was prepared by experts from the Crime Investigation Department (CID), based on eye-witnesses who saw a woman in an advanced stage of pregnancy in the area.

The police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for any information on the accused.