CCTV footage has emerged from the scene where a man was hacked to death with a machete in front of his pregnant wife.
Pranay Kumar, 24, was murdered in a suspected “honour killing” in India – just nine months after he married Amrutha Varshini, 23.
Police say they suspect Amrutha’s disapproving father “hired contract killers” to butcher Pranay – because he was from a lower caste family.
He was killed in broad daylight as the couple were coming out of Jyothi Hospital in Miryalguda town, 150km from Hyderabad, on Friday.
A man yet to be identified was captured on the hospital’s CCTV as he attacked Pranay with a machete.
In the footage, a tall man in a safari suit is seen pouncing on the newlywed from behind before slashing his neck twice with the weapon, sending him crashing to the ground.
Desperate Amrutha is seen running into the hospital as the suspect drops the machete and flees the scene, where Pranay died moments later.
Amrutha ran into the hospital to try to get help for her husband but he died at the scene.
Police warned the couple to be careful when they arrived at a station to invite officers to their official wedding reception last month.
The couple married in January, despite opposition from both families.
Pranay was a Dalit Christian of the Mala caste (a lower caste) and Amrutha belonged to the Vaishya caste (a caste group categorised as Forward).
Local media reports speculate that the murder was triggered by a wedding video Amrutha posted on Facebook.
Police also claim they questioned Amrutha’s father in March, asking him whether he planned to use violence against his son-in-law. He allegedly insisted he didn’t.
Deputy Superintendent of Police for Nalgonda Srinivas, who is investigating the case, told TNM: “I had my suspicions about the father and had warned the couple in August.
“I suspected some untoward incident could happen as the issue was caste related.