With in four days after gruesome daylight murder of an engineering student Perumalla Pranay Kumar, in front of his pregnant wife Amrutha Varshini, Telangana Police arrested seven people, including the suspected contract killer from Bihar. Gangster Subhash Sharma and other members of his gang were allegedly hired by Maruti Rao for Rs 1 crore to murder his son-in-law Perumalla Pranay Kumar as Rao disapproved of the marriage.
This honour killing had triggered an outrage across the country. Those arrested Amrutha’s father Tirunagari Maruthi Rao (52), Subash Kumar alias Sharma (32), a native of Singpur in Bihar State who carried out the murder, Azgar Ali (40) and Md Abdul Bari, both residents of Nalgonda town and suspected to have been involved in some terror activities, Miryalaguda Town Congress president Abdul Kareem (49), Maruthi Rao’s brother Sravan Kumar (45) and Samudrala Shiva (31), Maruthi Rao’s driver.
Subash Kumar has been identified as the person who attacked Pranay Kumar with a machette outside Jyothi hospital in Miryalaguda. Except Subash Kumar, the police presented all the other accused in the case before the media in Nalgonda. Subash Kumar is being shifted to Nalgonda after producing him before a court in Bihar where he was arrested.
According to Superintendent of Police AV Ranganath, Maruthi Rao was totally against his daughter marrying Pranay, who belongs to SC community, and had hatched the plan to kill him. Maruthi Rao belongs to Vysya community and is a rich man based in Miryalaguda.
Pranay Kumar and Amrutha Varshini were friends since Class IX and had fallen in love. The two got married on January 30 at Arya Samaj Bhavan in Hyderabad against Maruthi Rao’s wishes and returned to their native place Miryalaguda after a few days. They discontinued their engineering courses at a college in Hyderabad due to the circumstances arising out of their move.
The plan to kill Pranay Kumar began in June when Maruthi Rao spoke to Md Abdul Bari over phone seeking help for a contract killing. The two informed Mohammed Kareem about the plan in July and since then, Kareem played the role of a mediator between Maruthi Rao and Abdul Bari. Abdul Bari hired Subash Kumar, whom he had met in Rajamundry Central jail a few years ago, to kill Pranay. Later, they started the efforts to kill Pranay. Pranay was murdered by the hired killer in the fourth attempt.
On September 14, Azgar Ali and Subash followed the car in which Pranay and Amrutha Varshini were travelling to Jyothi hospital for general check-up as she was five months pregnant. Azgar Ali stopped at a place near the hospital, and waited till Subash carried out the murder. Azgar Ali personally monitored the movements to kill Pranay while Abdul Bari kept in touch with Maruthi Rao.