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HYDERABAD: A 13-year-old girl, who ran away from home along with her school mate, was killed when her friend allegedly pushed her into river Krishna in Vijayawada a week ago. The shocking details behind the death of Bhavani came to light only after her runaway friend Praveen, alias Pappu, confessed to the police about the killing.
The alarmed policemen from Jeedimetla station, who had earlier registered a case of missing, rushed to Tadepally village of Guntur and found her body.
The Guntur police which found the body in the Krishna five days ago preserved it as they could not identify her. The motive for the killing was that Praveen was unable to bear her demands to love her, police said quoting the confession.
Bhavani used to live with her foster father Yadagiri, a scrap dealer, in Sanjay Gandhi Nagar of Jeedimetla and was studying in sixth standard in a private school. Praveen, her senior by one year and another student Srikanth, ran away from their homes on April 21. Police said while the girl stole Rs.2,500 from home, Praveen brought Rs.4,500, and the trio set out for Tirupati on April 21, Balanagar ACP S. Damoder said.
From Tirumala, they came to Vijayawada on April 23. Praveen, police said, had asked Srikanth to stay put at the bus station and took the girl to Prakasam Barrage, where he pushed her into the swirling waters. “Despite Pappu's admission, the motive is not clear as he claims that he murdered her since she pestered him to love her,” Mr. Damoder said.
Later, Srikanth called up his father who rushed to Vijayawada and took him home, while Praveen went to Bapatla and began working in a hotel. The hotel owner grew suspicious of his behaviour and called up Praveen's father.
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