Alleged rapist of nine-year-old girl found hanging

Subbaiah made phone calls to a friend last night admitting his crime and expressing remorse

Hyderabad — The man who allegedly raped a nine-year-old girl in Dachepally town of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh was found hanging at a deserted spot this morning.

The 55-year-old rickshaw puller Subbaiah had been absconding ever since his alleged heinous crime came to light triggering an unprecedented mass protest in the town since Wednesday night.

According to the police, Subbaiah was found hanging from a tree near a temple in Daida, 15km away from Dachepally, by the local people this morning. The news came even as the police had launched a search operation to nab the accused.

According to the police, Subbaiah made phone calls to a friend last night admitting his crime and expressed remorse before hanging himself.

“I used to teach good things to other people, but now I have committed this heinous crime of raping a girl. My sins have pounced on me. I have shamed my son. He can’t live with this shame. I also can’t live in the village with dignity. I am close to my death. You will see my dead body tomorrow,” he told one of his friends. When the friend asked him about his location, he refused to reply and cut the call.

The news of his alleged suicide came even as the people of Dachepally continued their protest for the second consecutive day on Friday and organised road blocks demanding the punishment to the culprit.

In view of the large scale protests since Thursday, including a six-hour-long blockade of the national highway and an angry mob bringing down the house of the accused, police had imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 and additional forces were deployed.

The news of the suicide received with a lot of scepticism with many people speculating that he had been killed either by the police or some local people.

Appala Naidu, Superintendent of Police, Guntur Rural, had assured the protesters on Friday morning that if he could not arrest the culprit within 15 days, he would resign. He had appealed to the people to end their protests and restore normality in the town.

The situation had turned tense and tempers ran high when the incident came to light on Wednesday evening. According to the police, the rickshaw puller had lured the girl with chocolates and toffee and raped her. Threatening to kill her if she told anybody about the incident, he had dropped her back home. As the girl was bleeding profusely, her family rushed her to the local hospital where doctors confirmed she had been raped. She was later shifted to the government hospital, Guntur.

Chief Minister N Chandrabau Naidu had directed officials to rush to help the victim’s family. He announced an ex gratia of Rs500,000 to the family. The local MLA, Yerapati Neni, had announced an assistance of Rs100,000.

Doctors said that the girl’s condition was improving.


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