Two men who allegedly raped a widow were hacked to death by her relatives in a village in Telangana in the intervening night of Saturday- Sunday.
Police said they received a complaint on February 22 from one Raju, brother-in-law of 30-year old widow Lakshmi of Kamalapur village of Mangampet block in Jayashankar Bhupalpalli district against Narva Srinu (28), a local goon and his friend Jarsula Kalyan alias Bittu (25) of the same village, alleging that they raped her the previous night.
The police did not register the FIR immediately as the station house officer Mahender was out of town. On Friday night, Srinu and Kalyan went to Lakshmi’s residence and allegedly attempted to rape her again. With the police failing to take action against the accused, Raju decided to take revenge against them. He, along with another relative Shyamlal, called Srinu and Kalyan to his residence on the pretext of settling the issue without approaching the police.
When the duo went to Raju’s residence late on Saturday, he and Shyamlal beat them up, threw chilli powder in their eyes and hacked them to death with axes.
On Sunday morning, the relatives of Srinu and Kalyan retaliated and attacked the houses of Lakshmi, Raju and Shyamlal. They even set ablaze Shyamlal’s house.
Independent inquiries with the villagers revealed that Srinu and Kalyan had illicit relationship with Lakshmi for the last few months. Her relatives who came to know about it, pulled them up several times.
“Four days ago, Raju caught Srinu red-handed when he was in a compromising position with the woman. He immediately lodged a complaint with the police that Srinu and Kalyan had raped his sister-in-law, but with the police not taking any action against them, he took the law into his own hands,” a villager said.
Mangampet additional superintendent of police Rahul Hegde told reporters that it needed a thorough investigation into whether the duo had actually raped the woman or had any relationship with her. “All details would be known after investigation,” he said.
The police have arrested Shyamlal and are looking for Raju.