Days after an Intermediate student, Sudheer Erragalla, was hacked to death in broad daylight in a bustling area of Hyderabad, the city police arrested two more persons in connection with the case.
The two accused were identified as Shiva and Mahesh, while the police said that one B Naveen was apprehended even as he was allegedly fleeing the crime scene.
“While Naveen was caught on the day of the crime, we have now arrested Mahesh and Shiva. Mahesh was picked up from the house of a relative in Sangareddy while Shiva was picked up from his house in Moosapet. It can be said that Shiva provided the logistical support by providing information on the route the victim was taking,” Kukatpally division Assistant Commissioner of Police N. Bhujanga Rao told reporters.
One more accused is said to still be on the run. The police said that a petty issue that had gotten out of hand, resulted in Sudheer's murder.
Speaking to mediapersons, the police said that it all began on March 9, when Sudheer beat up one Krishna at Moosapet on March 9. Following this, Krishna beat Sudheer subsequently.
Refusing to back down, Sudheer and his elder brother later went and thrashed Krishna and his two friends, Mahesh and Naveen, following which a humiliated Mahesh planned to kill Sudheer, the police said.
The three arrested were sent to judicial custody, and the weapons used were also taken in as evidence.
At around 8.20 am on March 12, Sudheer and his friend Sai, were knocked down near the Kukatpally Metro Station by four armed men. Sudheer tried to run and even got on a school bus to escape the assailants. Before anyone could comprehend the situation, the armed gang pulled Sudheer down and attacked him with machetes.
According to the police, Sudheer died almost immediately due to the deep cuts on his neck and his head.
While three attackers managed to escape, one was caught by the crowd and handed over to the police.