Hyderabad police have arrested Yadavelli Vallabh Reddy, the son of a Congress leader from Nalgonda area, for allegedly murdering his wife at their residence in Himayat Nagar, Hyderabad.
According to the police, the couple, Vallabh Reddy and Lahari Reddy (27), had frequent squabbles, and on the night of July 13, 2023, a fight broke out between them and lasted until the next morning. Vallabh Reddy brutally assaulted Lahiri by banging her head against the door and kicking her in the stomach. Yadavelli Vallabh Reddy claimed that his wife, Lahari, died of a heart attack.
He had brought Lahari to a corporate hospital with a head injury on July 14. Doctors declared her dead.
Reddy had told doctors that Lahari fell down while doing household work and suffered head injuries.
Lahari Reddy’s father, Koti Jaipal Reddy, had lodged a complaint with the Narayanguda police, raising doubts about the circumstances surrounding her death.
Jaipal Reddy told police that he received a distress call that Lahari had fallen and sustained head injuries. When he rushed to the hospital with his wife, they were informed that Lahari had suffered a heart attack.
While speaking to local media, the Police said that they have registered a case under Sections 302 (murder) and 201 (tampering with evidence) after concluding that there was no history of seizures with the deceased and arrested Vallabh.
Vallabh Reddy had remained composed, performed last rites, and participated in subsequent rituals.
However, the autopsy report revealed that Lahari had also sustained internal injuries in her abdomen.
Police arrested Vallabh Reddy on murder charges. He was also booked for causing the disappearance of evidence.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the accused thrashed his wife during an argument on the night of July 13. He allegedly pushed her against a wall, resulting in the head injury.
They had married last year and were residing at Himayat Nagar in Hyderabad.