An unemployed youth strangled his 58-year-old father, a pump operator at SCCL, to death few days before his superannuation to get his job in PSU Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) on compassionate grounds. In fact, the police recovered the body from the pyre just before the cremation was to take place.
The incident took place on May 26 at Kothur village of Peddapalli district and came to light on Saturday after police arrested the two sons of the deceased. The main accused, M Tirupati (25), an unemployed polytechnic diploma holder, killed his father, M Narsaiah, at their house in Kothur. Police said Tirupati’s younger brother Rakesh (19), an ITI student, and their mother Tara, were also part of the plot to kill Narsaiah.
Narsaiah was to retire on May 31 and his farewell function was to be held on May 26 by his colleagues. “Tirupati hatched a plan to kill his father. He told Tara and Rakesh about the plan and they moved to a relative’s house in Godavari Khani three days before the murder. On the night of May 25, Narsaiah consumed liquor at a function. During the early hours of May 26, Tirupati strangled Narsaiah using a towel while he was asleep,” Dharmaram SI, K Prem Kumar, said.
The next morning the family informed others that Narsaiah died of a heart attack and prepared for his funeral. As some people raised doubts over the death, Tirupati was forced to inform the police. The police rushed to the spot and removed the body from the funeral pyre and sent it for post-mortem.
“Doctors said the death appears to be due to strangulation. Subsequently, we collected the cellphone details of the suspects and picked them up for questioning. During interrogation, Tirupati confessed to having killed his father,” the SI said. Two years ago, Narsaiah suffered a heart attack and subsequently tried to get a medically unfit certificate so his job could be given to his elder son. “But he could not get the medical certificate,” the SI said. The brothers have been arrested. Their mother, who is bed-ridden, is yet to be arrested.