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Telangana woman disfigures lover’s face to pass him off as murdered husband

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A 34-year-old woman who killed her husband and tried to pass off her lover as her husband, after disfiguring his face with acid, has been arrested by police in Nagarkurnool town in Telangana.

Nagarkurnool Town Police said that they have arrested Swathi Reddy, wife of Sudhakar Reddy, who was bludgeoned to death by Swathi and her lover, Ajakole Rajesh Reddy, on November 27.

“Swathi is a trained nurse and she gave anaesthesia injection to Sudhakar on November 27 afternoon. When he was unconscious she and Rajesh hit him on his head with an iron rod and bludgeoned him to death. They disfigured his face and dumped the body at Nawabpet forest after partially burning it,” Investigation Officer Srinivas Rao told the Indian Express.

Swathi smeared acid, mixed with petrol, on Rajesh’s face, disfiguring it completely, and raised an alarm that someone attacked her husband.

“She called up Sudhakar’s parents and told them that four persons entered their house and attacked Sudhakar. Although, they expressed their doubts that it does not appear to be their son, they agreed to shift him Apollo Hospital in Hyderabad as Swathi insisted that he immediately needed plastic surgery. The next day Sudhakar’s brother lodged a police complaint and we took up the investigation,’’ Rao added.

Police, however, grew suspicious of Swathi when she became nervous under questioning and changed her statement regarding the incident.

Swathi was arrested last Friday after she took police to the spot where Sudhakar’s body was dumped.

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