Friday, May 28, 2010
Swapna, belonging to the high-caste Reddy community, married Sunkari Srinivas (28) about three months ago. The couple was found stoned to death on the outskirts of Krishnajiwadi village in Nizamabad. Swapna's father B Lal Reddy, mother Radha, uncle N Ram Reddy and three aunts - Yadava, Padma and Shoba - were all booked for murder and under SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
Cops were deployed in the village after locals staged a dharna outside the girl's parents' house on Thursday.
According to villagers, Srinivas - who was first married to Savithri and has two daughters Nandini and Harini - met Swapna, fell in love and the two got married at Vemalavada temple in Karimnagar district about three months ago.
Srinivas hadn't divorced his first wife but she apparently had no objections to his second marriage. Fearing that their families would not accept their union, the couple began living in Hyderabad after their wedding. Srinivas, a trained computer mechanic, worked with a private firm.
Locals said the couple returned to the village on Wednesday and tried to convince the elders in Swapna's family to accept their marriage. The girl's family members were still in a rage. Later in the day, they allegedly descended on Srinivas's house in the village and attacked the couple.
Kamareddy DSP D Udaykumar Reddy said all the guilty in the double murder would be brought to book. Locals apprehend that those who carried out the crime belonged to the upper caste and hence would get away.
"About 20 members of Swapna's family came barging into our house late last night, dragged them out and lynched them in front of me," said Savithri, Srinivas's first wife, who is now a witness to the death of her husband and his second wife.