Telangana police has arrested seven people, including victim’s father-in-law Maruti Rao in connection with the death of Perumalla Pranay, officials said on Tuesday.
Subhash Sharma, the suspected contract killer, was also arrested from Bihar.
Shocking CCTV footage of the incident telecast on national TV showed Perumalla Pranay Kumar walking out of a hospital in Miryalguda with his wife Amrutha Varshini when the assailant paced up an attacked him with a machete from behind, killing him instantaneously.
Amruta, from upper caste ‘Vaishya’ community, had claimed on Monday her father Maruti Rao and uncle were behind the attack as they strongly disapproved of her marrying a Dalit Christian. The names of some people with political links have also cropped up but police is yet to confirm their involvement.
The incident, which occurred last Friday, had also triggered protests by some Dalit groups in Nalgonda.
Amruta, who claimed her father insisted on her ending the marriage, said he will give birth to Pranay’s child and ensure justice is done to him. She has also refused to return to her paternal home.