Hyderabad: In a ghastly incident, a 22-year-old jilted lover hacked to death his 21-year-old girlfriend in a resort located on the outskirts of the city under the limits of Shankarpally police station on Thursday. In a quick move, the police arrested the assailant on Friday. 

The victim was identified as P Shiresha, a resident of Kummariguda village of Ranga Reddy district. The incident took place at Pragathi resort, Shankerpally. The accused was identified as Royyala Sai Prasad (22), a resident of Timmapur village. 

According to P V Padmaja, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Shamshabad, Shiresha and Sai were known to each other since 2011 as both of them studied in Sri Chaitanya Junior College. Sai was senior to Shiresha and they used to go together to the college as their houses were nearby. 

“Over the years, their friendship grew and turned into a love relationship. But, Sai used to suspect her, if she spoke to anyone else. Meanwhile, Shiresha family came to know about the issue and warned Shiresha to end the relationship. Subsequently, she refused Sai’s marriage proposal,” the DCP said. As she refused his proposal, he bore a grudge against her, the police said. 

However, on Thursday, on the pretext of discussing some issues, he asked her to meet her and booked a room through online booking. “They went to the resort at around 1:30 pm. After about two hours at around 3:30 pm, the girl went to the washroom. The accused also followed her and entered into the washroom and mercilessly attacked the victim with the knife he brought with him,” she said. 

There were multiple injuries on her throat, chest, and hands. “He attacked her with the clear intention to eliminate her,” said T Swamy, Chevella ACP, speaking to presspersons. 

Though the incident happened in the afternoon, the resort management, who found the victim lying in a pool of blood in the washroom, informed the police at around 7 pm, and the police reached the spot in 30 minutes, sources said. The police identified the victim using her college identity card and informed her parents, who rushed to the spot at 11 pm. 

The victim was undergoing a coaching to crack a bank job at a private institute at Dilsukhnagar, and the accused was in search of a job.  The police registered a case under Section 302 of IPC and sent the body to Chevella Government Hospital for postmortem. The police seized a knife and mobile phones of the accused and the victim. 

However, there have been allegations on the resort management that they were issuing the rooms without proper verification. “We have served notices to resort management and collected CCTV footage from the resort. If they found violating the rules, we would slap cases on them too,” said the DCP.