The probe surrounding the disappearance of a Dalit youth in Telangana took a dramatic turn on Saturday night as the police arrested the victim's father-in-law on charges of murder.

The Rachakonda police said Tummala Srinivas Reddy killed his son-in-law Amboji Naresh (23) on May 2 and burnt his body as he was unhappy over his daughter marrying a youth from another caste. The police also arrested one Sathi Reddy in connection with the crime. 

Reddy, who had called his daughter Swathi (20) and son-in-law Naresh from Mumbai with a promise to accept their marriage, murdered Naresh with the help of his brother and nephew in front of Swathi and then burnt his body in a field to destroy evidence. Swathi allegedly committed suicide a few days after the incident.

"We were suspecting Srinivas Reddy's hand in missing of Naresh. During our investigation, Reddy admitted having committed the crime," Rachakonda police commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said. Reddy killed Naresh in his fields in Lingarajupally village of Yadadri district and burnt his body, Bhagwat said, adding investigation is still on to tie some loose ends in the case. 

Naresh and Swathi fell in love while they were studying at a college at Valigonda in Nalgonda district. They got married in March and the couple was living in Mumbai. Swathi returned to her father last month after the father seemingly gave his blessings to the marriage. But Naresh was reported missing on May 1, just a few days after he dropped Swathi at her parents' home. 

Naresh's father Venkataiah moved the Hyderabad High Court on May 15, suspecting some foul play by Swathi's father Reddy in his son's disappearance. On complaint about his son's disappearance and the High Court's directions on the same, special teams were formed and sent to Mumbai and Hyderabad to trace Naresh.

And on May 16, Swathi allegedly killed herself at her Reddy's house, a day after she was summoned by the court regarding the missing case of Naresh. 

(with PTI inputs)