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Schoolboy's murder mystery unravelled

By Our Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 26. After thorough investigation, police on Saturday resolved the mystery behind the sensational murder of Sai Ganesh (9), a Std. IV pupil of St. Joseph Convent School in Malkapuram.

Three persons, including the main accused, B. Mohana Rao (22), and two of his associates were nabbed after the police zeroed in on them following the suspicion that it was not a case of kidnap for ransom.

In course of investigation, they found that the boy's mother, Nagamani, employed as a temporary librarian three months ago in the National Ship Design Research Centre (NSDRC), had allegedly an extra-marital affair with Mohana Rao (A-1), who was working as a sweeper in the same office.

``A-1 decided to liquidate the boy after he saw them (Nagamani and Mohana Rao) in a compromising position on June 16 itself,'' the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, A.V. Subba Rao, told The Hindu on Saturday.

After his efforts to cajole the boy failed to evoke any response, Mohana Rao, a resident of Simhagiri Colony in Gajuwaka, finally lured Sai Ganesh to the nearby hillock under the pretext of showing him some birds two days later, when his mother was busy in her office. The boy's father, Arjuna Rao, an UDC in the NSDRC, had gone to Chilakaluripet to attend to a land dispute at the time of the offence.

According to the police, the affair between Nagamani and Mohana Rao was continuing for last 16 months.

The discovery of a wooden stick used in the designing of ships at the NSDRC had led to strong suspicion on the involvement of an acquaintance.

Sai Ganesh's body was found on Monday in an abandoned overhead tank located on a hillock, about 50 to 100 metres from the staff quarters of the NSDRC.

The claim of Nagamani on ransom demand by the "alleged kidnappers'' also led to the doubt among the investigation officials that the "kidnap for ransom'' claim was aimed at misleading them. After questioning the NSDRC employees and the residents of the staff quarters, the police came to know that the marital life of Arjuna Rao and Nagamani was on the rocks and the latter had "intimate relationship'' with the sweeper for nearly one and half years.

Along with Mohana Rao, two of his associates, P. Prakash Rao and M. Appala Raju, who made a few phone calls to Nagamani's house to give an impression that Sai Ganesh had been kidnapped for ransom, were also arrested. Preliminary enquiries revealed that A-1 did not tell his accomplices that the boy had been killed by him.

Asked whether they had established the complicity of Nagamani in the crime, the police said that they were still gathering evidence.

The investigation into the murder was carried out by a special team of officers under the direct supervision of the Commissioner of Police, B. Prasada Rao.

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