A 19-year-old student who was celebrating her birthday was allegedly raped and murdered by her friend in Telangana's Warangal Urban district, the police said on Thursday. Her body was found on Hunter Road in Hanamkonda in Greater Warangal late on Wednesday night.
An investigation revealed that the girl, a first-year degree student, had left her house in the afternoon to visit a temple and offer prayers on her birthday, which fell on Wednesday. Sai Kumar, who has known the girl from the past six months, called her and asked her to come to Kazipet. He then took her in his car to an isolated place, where he allegedly raped and murdered her.
Cracking the case within a few hours, the Warangal police arrested P Sai Kumar. Investigation officials said that the accused drove around the district with the dead body in his car. He even bought a new dress for her and changed her out of the blood-stained clothes to mislead the investigators.
Warangal Police Commissioner V Ravinder told reporters that after committing the crime, Sai Kumar called two of his friends for help. However, after seeing the dead body, they refused to help and returned home. The accused then carried the body in his car and drove around waiting for the sun to set.
Police said that he later entered Warangal town and stopped at a shop to buy new clothes for the dead body. He purchased a dress and later drove to an isolated place to change the clothes on the victim's body.
The accused then reached Hunter Road to dump the body and sped away. Police received information about the body of a girl lying in the area around 10 pm.
After investigations for a few hours, police arrested Sai Kumar from his native village Namiligonda in neighbouring Jangaon district.