HYDERABAD: A tyre mechanic’s crucial lead, CCTV footage from different locations, including a fuel station, and technical evidence helped police crack the alleged
brutal gang-rape and murder
of the 27-year-old veterinary doctor at
in less than 48 hours and
nab the four accused
Police have been receiving flak for not acting expeditiously on the missing complaint lodged by the doctor’s family, however, the men in khaki have been claiming that they followed leads and cracked the case in less than 48 hours.
The four accused
— Mohammed Areef, Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen, C Chennakeshavulu — before they allegedly violated and killed the doctor, consumed alcohol near Tondupally toll plaza. Interestingly, the trap laid by the four accused by deflating the victim’s scooter actually did them in.
Cyberabad police swung into action to nab the accused only after the charred body of the doctor was recovered underneath an underpass at Shadnagar in the early hours of Thursday. The initial leads came from a tyre mechanic, who gave the first vital clue to the investigators to crack the sensational case, which saw national outrage.
Based on the information given by the victim’s younger sister initially that some unknown persons had approached the doctor to help her get the flat tyre repaired, the Cyberabad police first started the investigation by searching for a tyre mechanic, who they found in the vicinity of the toll plaza.
On questioning, the mechanic confirmed to police that a man came to him with a red Mastero bike and got air filled into the deflated tyre.
“The eyewitness gave a crucial clue by saying the accused came to him by bringing the vehicle in the wrong direction. This made us verify that stretch, wherein we found CCTVs at a factory. When it was analysed, we found two accused with the scooter. In another footage, a truck (was seen) parked on the road for a very long time, but we could not identify the registration number of the vehicle since that area was dark,’’ sources in Telangana police told TOI.
When police played back the footage of earlier hours, they found the truck reached the toll plaza six or seven hours before the incident and parked it on the road. That snapshot helped police get the registration number, through which they contacted lorry owner Srinivas Reddy, who owns a fleet of 15 trucks.
When the truck owner was shown the visual to identify the accused with scooter (accused Shiva), he claimed he did not know him, but shared the information that his lorry was in possession of his driver Mohammed Areef.
Meanwhile, other police teams, who were working on the inputs to know from which petrol bunk the accused might have bought petrol and diesel, found a CCTV footage at a fuel station in Kothur where they were seen buying fuel in a bottle. The footage was of the same culprit who had gone to the tyre mechanic.
“The accused started consuming alcohol from 5 pm itself on Wednesday. By 9.30 pm, when they started committing the offence, they had downed one-and-half bottles (around 930 ml) of whiskey,” the sources added.
Based on the mobile phone tower location and information given by the truck owner, police first nabbed Areef and later, based on the information given by him, the other three accused were caught.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)