It was a love story that turned sour and resulted in a killing in a police station. In the early hours of Monday, constable V Srinivas (23) shot his colleague, constable Lalitha Devi (23), and then turned the rifle on himself at the Kukatpally police station. While Lalitha died, Srinivas is critical.
According to cops, the two had been seeing each other since 2009 and the provocation for the crime appears to be Lalitha's recent engagement to another man after refusing Srinivas' marriage proposal.
Both Srinivas - (PC 4965) from Mohammedabad in Rangareddy district - and Lalitha Devi - (PC 5060) from Annavaram in East Godavari district - belonged to the 2009 batch and were posted together at the Kukatpally police station since September, 2009.
Police sources said that Lalitha had been avoiding Srinivas since her engagement and this had led to frequent altercations between the couple at the police station, much to the discomfort of other cops at the station.
On Sunday, both Lalitha and Srinivas were on night duty. And when Lalitha went to the first floor hall to rest, Srinivas, who was on sentry duty, walked in around 4am and shot her in the head with his 303 rifle, cops said. He then turned the gun on himself. The bullet pierced his chest and hit the ceiling.
Other cops on duty rushed the couple to a nearby private hospital and then later shifted them to Apollo Hospital in Jubilee Hills, where Lalitha succumbed. Srinivas' condition is stated to be critical.
Police have found a suicide note written by Srinivas in the sentry register. According to Kukatpally inspector K Srinivasa Rao, the note, written in Telugu, said: "She cheated me in love and that is why I am killing her. I am also ending my life."
Police have slapped cases against Srinivas under IPC section 302 (Murder) and 309 (Attempt to commit suicide).