The Rachakonda Police on Tuesday, 19 July, arrested a six-member interstate contract-killer gang from Karnataka for allegedly murdering a Hyderabad-based realtor.
The gang is said to have murdered the businessman, identified as Raghupati, at Dammaiguda in the Medchal district of Telangana on 15 July.
The accused were identified as Surakanti Reddy (33), E Manjunadh (45), Mohammad Sadiq (24), Ismail (20), Sameer Khan (23), and Kavadi Rajesh (29).
The police said that Reddy, the main accused, wanted to avenge his father’s murder, allegedly committed by Raghupati in 2009.
“Since his father’s death, Reddy bore a grudge against Raghupati and was waiting for the right opportunity to kill him,” the police said.
Reddy’s aide and his father’s close friend Manjunadh, a resident of the Shivamogga district of Karnataka, put him in touch with the contract killers.
The police claimed that Reddy sheltered the killers at his house in Rao Nagar in Dammaiguda, an outer suburb of Hyderabad, from where they recced Raghupati’s house.
According to the police, Reddy conducted a few recces of Raghupati’s house on hos own and then hired the contract killers.
“The accused followed Raghupati who went to Shiva Nagar in Dammaiguda with his friends, and murdered him around 8.30 pm,” the police said.
The assailants attacked Raghupati with hunting knives and sickles, the cops said.
While he died on the spot due to head injuries, one of his friends suffered severe injuries on the left cheek, the police said.
They added that the suspects threw away the murder weapons while fleeing to Karnataka in two cars.
“Along the way, Reddy handed the contract money of ₹30 lakh to the killers,” they said.
The police seized four hunting sickles, seven hunting knives, a car, and two two-wheelers in connection with the case.
“After producing them in the court today, we will seek remand for seven days,” Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat told South First on Wednesday.