“Harika’s husband claimed she committed suicide, but after seeing the scene of the offense, it appears to be a murder. We suspect that the man has killed his wife,” ACP (LB Nagar division) Venugopala Rao told NDTV.
Rao said the exact cause of Harika’s death, whether she was first throttled to death or set ablaze, will be known only after postmortem.
However, Harika’s family members alleged that she had been killed by her husband.
“Harika and Rushi were married for two years. He had been harassing her frequently as she did not secure an MBBS seat, though she got (admission in) BDS this year. He also harassed her demanding more dowry…It is a planned murder,” Harika’s mother and sister alleged.
According to the police, the husband called Harika’s mother on Sunday night and informed her that she had set herself fire after pouring kerosene.
However, the woman’s family alleged that the husband set her on fire.
Following a complaint, Rushi and his parents were arrested on charges of dowry harassment, a police official said. Further probe is on.