Nizamabad: A teenage ragpicker was found to be the prime suspect in the triple murder that took place on the night of December 7-8 at a workshop in Nadipally village, under the boundaries of Dichpally police station in Nizamabad district.
Gandham Srikanth, 19, aka Ranampalli Mallanna from Gajulapet in the district, murdered the trio, allegedly to steal their cell phones and money. The same stolen cell phones helped police catch Srikanth because he was using them with his SIM card.
Nizamabad Kartikeya Police Commissioner at a press conference on Sunday said Srikanth killed Harpal Singh (32) and Joginder Singh (45), combine mechanics from Punjab and Banoth Sunil (25), a crane operator from Sangareddy district, with a hammer.
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After the incident, Kartikeya, who attended the crime scene with other officials, formed three special teams to detect the case.
The task forces checked the list of ex-offenders and examined surveillance cameras en route to the crime scene. Details of those released from prison were also discussed. Separate teams were also dispatched to neighboring districts to collect details on likely offenders.
Based on the initial investigation and evidence gathered at the scene along with cell phone details, police concluded that a single offender was responsible for the murder of three people.
While checking the list of previous offenders and those who have been released from prison, the police retrieved Srikanth, who had a criminal background, and carefully grilled him. During questioning, Srikanth admitted that he came to Dichpally on December 7 after consuming alcohol. Intending to steal money and cell phones, he entered the workshop and saw Harpal, Joginder, and Sunil sleeping in the workshop.
Before stealing Sunil’s cell phone, Srikanth killed him with a workshop hammer. He also entered the hangar where Harpal and Joginder were sleeping soundly and murdered them with the same hammer. Srikanth later consumed half a bottle of alcohol he found in the workshop and took away two stolen cell phones and cash.
Police say Srikanth had been a habitual delinquent since he was a child. Previously, he had been involved in eight property crimes. He was sent to a special boys’ home at Gajulararam in Hyderabad for three years in a robbery case registered at the Town III police station in the district.
After leaving his home on October 13, Srikanth was residing in Gajulapeta and doing labor and rag collection.
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