A man found dead on tracks today. He could be the suspect in the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl in Hyderabad, the police said. The police called it a suspected suicide . It might Pallakonda Raju’s body. He had been missing since the child’s body was found inside his home on Sunday.
“It appears to be suicide,” Anjani Kumar the police commissioner said.
The Telangana police shared images of the man’s body on Twitter. Identification of the body was not possible. Yet it has the same tattoos as the rape-murder suspect.
“We have reasons to think it is the suspect – tattoo marks on hands, name tattooed on his hand, his hair style…A fingerprint analysis will confirm it,” the Hyderabad police chief said.
Minister Malla Reddy had comment earlier that the cops would kill the accused in an encounter.
“We will catch the rapist and murderer. There will be an encounter after he is caught,” Mr Reddy had told reporters in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
The police had released a photo of the suspect. A cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for the 30-year-old announced. He was the child’s neighbor ; whom Raju was allegedly raped and killed.
Cops found the dead girl inside Raju’s house on Sunday . He had been missing since then.
The girl went missing from her home in Singareni Colony in Hyderabad on September 9 (Thursday). Cops found her body in the neighbour’s house the next day, wrapped in a bedsheet. An autopsy confirmed that someone had sexually assaulted and strangled her.
Initial reports had said that police arrested the culprit. There were massive protests and tension in the area. Residents of the colony demanding justice for the girl and her family. Some even demanded “an encounter”, referring to criminals shot dead by the police. Credit: Wikimedia