Thursday, December 27, 2007

Manisha’s murder mystery unravelled

Wednesday December 26 2007 09:15 IST

Express News Service

WARANGAL: The murder mystery of Manisha was unravelled by the police here today. The police, who had been groping in the dark for the past two weeks, at last cracked the murder mystery by nabbing the accused.

They arrested the seven accused, including a woman, and sent them to judical remand. All the held had close contacts with Manisha’s father Sadanandam.

Producing the accused before mediapersons, SP Soumya Mishra has said that the accused have confessed of having killed the girl without any strong reason.

The arrested included were rowdy sheeter Tokala Raju, Ladella Ashok, Bandi Naresh, Patti Rambabu, Patri Papa Rayudu, Pulikasi Gundamma and Gittaboina Kumara Swamy, all having a criminal background, she said.

It may be recalled that Manisha was kidnapped by unidentified persons two weeks ago and her body was found in a well.

Tokala Raju, a hamali in Warangal market, had an extra-marital affair with labourer Pulikasi Gangamma also working in the same market.

Gangamma sought some financial help from Raju to marry off her daughter.The duo drew a plan to raise the money and kidnapped Manisha on Dec 11.

Raju’s aides Bandi Naresh, Rambabu and Patri Papa Rayudu followed Manisha who came out of the school in the evening and asked her to show their house posing as their relatives. They took the girl into the auto in which they came and kidnapped her, the SP said.

The accused roamed across Hanamakonda with Manisha in their hands, called her father and demanded a ransom posing as Pratighatana Naxalites.

Later, they put Manisha in one Gundamma’s house at Shivnagar and later shifted her to Lingampally village in Station Ghanapur where Gundamma’s mother stayed.

Meanwhile, Manisha’s father lodged a complaint with the police suspecting his relatives involvement. Tokala Raju, feigning innocence, consoled Sadanandam while the girl was missing from home.

The kidnappers sensed trouble after widespread media publicity to the kidnap. They feared that they would be arrested once the girl was set free.

Incidentally, they did not get the ransom demanded. So, they changed the girl’s school dress and put on a silk dress and a sweater to mask her identity. They even torched her school bag on Dec 13.

Later, they took Manisha to a well near Tatikayala village and after smothering her dumped the body in the water, the SP said.

However, three days later, on Dec 16, one of Raju’s accomplice called up Manisha’s father and spilled the beans. Police retrieved the body and began the probe.

Raju is associated with three murders, Mishra said. Matwada and Hanamkonda crime inspectors K Dakshina Murthy, B Janardhan, SIs B Ravinder, T Madhusudhan were present.

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