HYDERABAD: Shadnagar police arrested two persons for killing a housewife and stealing her jewellery in November 2020.
The accused are, G Venkateshwar Rao, 33, a mason from Sattenapalli and S Nagalakshmi, 30, of Ropmpicherla in Guntur. Rao and Nagalakshmi deserted their families to live together and came to Shadnagar in November 2020. Posing as a married couple, they moved into the house of Avvari alias M Suvarna, 45, in Chattanpally.
Rao has a criminal history and observed that Suvarna stays alone at home during the day. Rao, along with Nagalakshmi, hatched a plan to murder Suvarna and steal her gold ornaments, Shadnagar ACP Kushalkar said.
Rao befriended a medical store worker from Chattanpalli railway gate area and bought 10 sleeping pills by convincing him that he was unable to sleep properly due to stomach pain.
On November 22, 2020, when Suvarna’s husband Balaram went out for work, Rao purchased two packets of toddy from Chattanpally and mixed sleeping pills in one of them.
Subsequently, Rao and Nagalakshmi invited Suvarna to their house to have toddy along with food.
“The duo made Suvarna consume toddy laced with sedative and after she fell unconscious, they throttled her. After killing Suvarna, the duo stole her mangalsutra, ear studs and nose stud. Rao sprinkled chilli powder near the body and the couple fled from the scene with their personal belongings,” ACP Kushalkar said.
The accused went to Suryapet and mortgaged the gold in a private finance company for Rs 1 lakh.
They later moved into a rented house in Ghatkesar. “In Ghatkesar also, they mixed sleeping pills in the curry of their landlord and after she fell asleep, stole her 10 tola gold and 20 tola silver jewellery,” the ACP said.
On Wednesday, police caught the accused when they were in Shadnagar to get Nagalakshmi’s mortgaged gold released from a pawn broker.