The investigation into the gruesome murder of a 29-year-old man in broad daylight on the 100 Feet Road in Jiyaguda in Hyderabad on Sunday, 22 January, seems to be stalled.
The police told South First on Monday that they have managed to identify the three accused — Akash, Sai (alias Tillu), and Sandeep.
However, they are yet to arrest them or ascertain the motive behind the murder. They also refuted local reports that claimed the accused had been arrested.
This, even as the brother of the deceased demanded the death penalty for the trio.
The incident, which took place around 5.30 pm on Sunday, sent shockwaves across social media as video footage, shot by passers-by on the road, showed the three people chasing down and brutally assaulting Jangam Sainath with sticks and sharp weapons.
“He was brought dead to the hospital with ghastly injuries on his neck and stomach,” a doctor at Osmania Hospital told South First after the post-mortem examination.
The police obtained CCTV footage from the spot in Jiyaguda where the incident took place, and identified the three assailants with the help of locals.
Here is a clip of the incident uploaded by a bystander. Trigger warning: The video is quite gruesome in nature.
What is wrong with law and order in Hyderabad ?
Murder at New Road Ziaguda! pic.twitter.com/7z0n4McJYu
— Mohammed Moinuddin Hasan Altaf (@moinaltaf1973) January 22, 2023
Who was Jangam Sainath?
The 29-year-old Sainath was a resident of Esamia Bazar on the Jiyaguda Bypass Road near Puranapul, which falls under the Kulsumpura Police Station limits.
His brother Jangam Mahender told South First that Sainath was the main breadwinner of the family.
He worked in the glass industry in the Amberpet area of the city, said Mahender.
Sainath is survived by Mahender, their two sisters, and their parents.
‘We want them hanged’
A teary-eyed Mahender told South First that Akash, the prime accused, was a friend of Sainath from their school days. In fact, they were classmates from Standard VI to Standard IX, he said.
“I don’t know why they killed him. My brother is innocent. His daily routine hardly deviated from his work and home. He never fought with anyone. He was soft-spoken,” he recalled.
A distraught Mahender also advocated for the use of force by the police to get the accused to divulge their motive behind killing Sainath.
He claimed that they were drunk at the time of assaulting Sainath, but also alleged that they planned the murder.
“We will go to any level to fight the case. We want them hanged,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kulsumpura police have registered a case under IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 34 (criminal act by several persons in furtherance of the common intention) in connection with the incident.