A 24-year-old woman was murdered in broad daylight after a man slit her throat in front of the Karimnagar Collectorate office in Karimnagar town in Telangana on Friday.
The accused was caught by passersby, who handed him over to the police.
According to media reports, the victim was identified as Vootla Roshini alias Prasagna, who hailed from Godavarikhani village, and had been working at a local Mee Seva centre in front of the collectorate for the past two months.
The assailant was identified as Vamshidhar, a native of Kataram village, who was staying in Ramagundam town.
Eye witnesses told the police that Vamshidhar approached Roshini and struck up a conversation with her, before he dragged her out of the centre and slit her throat on the road, even as passersby watched.
The woman succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital.
Some reports suggest that he also tried to kill himself after committing the crime. Visuals of the incident show some locals thrashing the man, before he was handed over to the police.
The police are yet to establish the motive behind the crime but suspect that the accused had been stalking the woman over the past few months.
Speaking to TNM, the Karimnagar ACP confirmed that the investigation had begun and a case had been registered, but they could not divulge further details as they were still in the process of ascertaining all details.
This comes just two weeks after a 19-year-old woman was brutally murdered in public in Hyderabadâ€™s Yousufguda area.
The incident took place when the victim, as Venkata Laxmi, was sitting behind the counter at a bangle shop where she worked. According to the police, Laxmi had joined the bangle store around two months ago and had earlier even complained to her employer that a man was harassing her.
The police said that the assailant entered the store with a knife, picked up an argument with the victim, before slitting her throat and fleeing the place.