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Another ?serial killing? unearthed

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 13:57 IST
Ashok Das
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AFTER NITHARI, the spotlight could be on Hyderabad. The police are probing the “serial killing” angle after the recovery of the bodies of three young men in Cyberabad, the Information Technology hub, located on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner S. Prabhakar Reddy said the police would take a couple of days to crack the case. Some suspects are being interrogated to establish their role in the killings. The police are yet to make any arrests in this connection.

“A double murder took place on the night of January 2 and the police found the bodies of two persons — Mohammed Dastagir (28) and his nephew Mohammed Mustafa (22) — in a municipal dumping yard near Babulreddy Nagar under Rajendranagar police station, the next day. On January 6, we found another body near Aramghar crossroads at Rajendranagar. The body is yet to be identified,” Assistant Commission of Police Mahipal Reddy said.

Preliminary investigations indicated that all the three victims were killed in a similar manner: They were assaulted before the heads were smashed with boulders. The police are yet to confirm if the victims were sexually assaulted.

The offenders apparently belonged to a gang, which killed the victims for paltry sums after luring them to secluded places by offering liquor.

Referring to media reports that the victims were sexually assaulted before they were killed, that two of the killers were in police custody and that they had confessed to killing 13 persons, including two women, in the past one year, the official said “the media is weaving stories.” Reuters reported that two labourers in Cyberabad were sodomised and their heads smashed with a boulder by perpetrators who were now in police custody.

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