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Hyderabad out on streets to protest murder of govt official Vijaya Reddy and her driver

Tahsildar Vijaya Reddy, 37, died on the spot after she was allegedly set afire at her office in Abdullapurmet by K Suresh over some land dispute. Thousands of people including staff of the revenue department joined the last journey of Vijaya Reddy. 

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk Hyderabad Published on: November 05, 2019 14:15 IST
Thousands join Revenue dept officer Vijaya Reddy last journey in Hyderabad. She was burnt alive on M
Image Source : VENKATESH SIRISALA

Thousands join Revenue dept officer Vijaya Reddy last journey in Hyderabad. She was burnt alive on Monday.

Hyderabad is out on streets a day after a woman tahsildar was allegedly burnt alive in her office on Monday. The driver employed in her duty also has succumbed to injuries on today (Tuesday), police said.

Tahsildar Vijaya Reddy, 37, died on the spot after she was allegedly set afire at her office in Abdullapurmet by K Suresh over some land dispute. Thousands of people including staff of the revenue department joined the last journey of Vijaya Reddy. 

"We want justice," people chanted as a sea of the crowd joined Vijaya Reddy's final journey.

Two staff, including Vijaya's driver, Gurunatham, who came to her rescue too were seriously injured in the incident even as the assailant, who received 60 per cent burns, were all admitted to different hospitals in the city.

"Gurunatham succumbed to his injuries at a hospital while undergoing treatment," Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat told PTI.

The incident happened at around 1.30 PM on Monday when Suresh, a local who came to the Tahsil office on a bike, poured petrol on her and set her on fire using a lighter.

The Commissioner said a scientific investigation was underway and they were probing from all angles to ascertain the exact reason that provoked Suresh to take the extreme step of setting the Tahsildar on fire.

Police were holding an inquiry with Suresh's family members, checking his call records and verifying the land documents. The land was transferred to a tenant and a dispute had arisen over it.

Litigation was in the High Court. Condemning the brutal killing of the Tahsildar, Telangana Director General of Police M Mahendar Reddy vowed to bring the culprit to book.

Meanwhile, a large number of Revenue and other government department employees visited the deceased Tahsildar's house here to pay their last respects.

The shocking incident triggered protests by Revenue department employees across Telangana, while political leaders condemned it.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed deep sorrow over the death of the woman tahsildar. 

(Inputs from Venkatesh Sirisala and PTI)

 

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