IAS Officer, Son, Murder Of A Driver…

Hyderabad: A gruesome murder of a driver by a law student who is a son of an IAS officer is being investigated by the police from different angles. The police suspect a gay bond between the slain driver and the accused.

D Venkateshwar Rao,IAS, is a joint secretary in agriculture department of Telangana government. His son Venkat Sukruth ,21, is a second year LLB student. He has the habit of drinking with the watchman and the driver. On the evening of March 17, Sukruth and Bhukya Nagu, driver of his estranged mother, went to the terrace of the five-storied apartment complex Sai Kalyan Apartment at Yousufguda. The police could find the movements of Sukruth and Nagu through the footage of CCTV cameras.

It appears that both of them were drinking liquor when an argument ensued during which Sukruth had hit Nagu on the head with a brick. Nagu had fainted. Sukruth was in jitters and left the place in a hurry. He retuned to the apartment at midnight and found Nagu dead. He covered the dead body with a plastic sheet and then left. He went to Sai Kalyan apartment again on the 18th night in short pant and T-shirt with a towel around his neck. He tied up the body in a plastic bag and tried to take it into the lift. When he was about to shift the body into the lift, a resident suspected Sukruth’s movements and went out of his apartment and found the dead body. The resident had alerted other residents and called the police. By the time the police arrived, Sukruth ran away. It seems his father or some one was waiting outside in an auto to help him remove the body. The person waiting outside was not captured by CCTV camera.
The police had taken Sukruth into custody and questioned him. The IAS officer had visited the police station to enquire about the status of his son. The next day, Monday, the police summoned the officer to the Jubilee Hills police station and questioned him till late in the night. The officer denied his involvement. Sukruth is understood to have admitted that he hit the driver in a fit of anger. The police are trying to procure call data of the mobiles of father and son.

Nagu works as a driver for Anita, the estranged wife of Venkateshwar Rao. He also works as her domestic help. Anita meets Sukruth frequently. Sukruth lives with his father at Begumpet while Nagu stays in a colony at Rehmatnagar. According to the police, Sukruth and Nagu were “extremely close.” They hinted at illegal and unnatural relationship between the two. The police found out that Sukruth and Nagu selected Sai Kalyan Apartment at Yousufguda in Jubilee Hills for drinking joint since the watchman of the apartment is Nagu’s friend. On some occasions the watchman also joined them for drinks.

A Venkateshwara Rao, DCP West Zone said,”The body was recovered two days after the incident. It was in a decomposed state. Doctors did not confirm the cause of death.”

The investigations are going on. Nagu, 31, is survived by his wife Jamuna and a child.

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