Telangana DGP promises ‘severest of punishment’ for woman officer’s killers after Vijaya Reddy burnt alive in her office


Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy has termed the brutal killing of a woman tehsildar in the state a ‘barbaric’ act and said that her killers will face the wrath of law at the earliest.

Vijaya Reddy
Photo: ANI

Reddy said in a statement, “Condemn the brutal murder of Ms Vijaya, Tehsildar Abdullahpurmet. Such a barbaric act in a civilized society is totally unacceptable. We shall bring the culprit to book and ensure that the severest of punishment is awarded at the earliest. Justice will be rendered to victim and her family members.”

Vijaya Reddy, who was in her 30s, was allegedly burnt alive on Monday over a suspected land dispute. Quoting revenue officials, news agency PTI reported that Vijaya died on the spot with her suspected killers also sustaining burn injuries. They have been admitted in a hospital.

According to media reports, one local, identified as Suresh, entered Vijaya’s chamber on Monday afternoon when Vijaya Reddy was alone at her house. He poured petrol on her before setting her ablaze. and set her afire. “We heard a loud sound from Madam’s chamber and ran towards it and saw madam in flames. We tried to save her,” PTI quoted an eye-witness as saying.

A number of her colleagues staged a protest when Vijaya’s body was being taken to the hospital.