Tahsildar burnt alive at her office in Abdullapurmet

Accused in gruesome incident hospitalised with 60% burns

In a shocking incident, a 37-year-old woman Tahsildar Ch Vijaya Reddy was burnt alive inside her office at Abdullapurmet in Rangareddy district on Monday afternoon. The accused K Suresh who lives in Gouravelli village, a few kilometres away from the Tahsil Office, allegedly poured either kerosene or petrol and set her ablaze.

While she died on the spot, the accused received over 60% burns. Ms Vijaya’s driver and a colleague who came to her rescue too received burns.

Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagwat said Suresh and his family members own a seven-acre land in Bacharam village and that he visited the Tahsildar Office in connection with the land issue. A dispute regarding the land is in High Court.

Murder case

“We will investigate why he did it, if anybody has asked him to do it. This is a murder case. He is in our custody,” said Mr Bhagwat. The Police Commissioner added that they will complete the investigation at the earliest with the intention of getting him capital punishment. The police want to go for trial in a fast-track court.

However, Suresh’s family members said that he had never been to the Tahsildar Office in connection with the land issue. They were clueless about why he took this extreme step. While the accused was reportedly shifted to Osmania General Hospital, the attender and the driver were shifted to nearby private hospitals.

The Tahsildar Office is located in a three-storied rental building. The Tahsildar’s cabin was in the first floor.

Ms Vijaya’s colleagues said they were busy attending people’s grievances and other works when they heard screams. Though they saw someone burning, they realised it was Ms Reddy only after examining accessories on her. A Village Revenue Assistant Naveen said that after seeing her on fire, he threw a blanket on her. However, she died. Meanwhile, irate revenue employees and others staged a protest outside the Abdullapurmet Tahsildar Office demanding justice. Revenue Employees Association leader Ravinder condemned the incident wondering what level of protection government servants would get in the wake of such incidents.

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