A 30-year-old man was brutally killed in the busy Puranapul area while officials from Hyderabad traffic police and law and order department were seen standing around among the public. 

The victim, Shakeer Qureshi, an autorickshaw driver by profession and a resident of Chanchalguda, was murdered by Abdul Khaja, another autorickshaw driver, on Wednesday evening. 

Mirchowk assistant commissioner of police B. Anand said the attacker and the victim knew each other. 

“On Wednesday evening, an argument broke between the two after Khaja allegedly offered to help a relative of Qureshi by providing him an autorickshaw. Qureshi refused this and the quarrel escalated. Khaja pulled out a knife and started stabbing Qureshi,” Mr Anand said.

Qureshi sustained injuries on his neck and bled to death on the spot. He denied that the police were silent spectators and said a constable present at the scene threw a wireless device at the attacker in a vain bid to stop him. But Khaja threatened to attack the people and police around.

Khaja was later taken into police custody but was not officially arrested, sources from police said. Khaja claimed that a gang of about 20 men had visited him the previous night and threatened him with death on Qureshi’s behalf.

“We both met on Wednesday evening and while I tried to compromise on the matter, Qureshi started abusing my family and threatened to harm them. I could not tolerate it anymore and I finished him” Khaja said.

The CLUES team reached the spot to examine the crime scene and the police then shifted the body for postmortem to the Osmania General Hospital. A case was booked under IPC Section 302 (murder) and an investigation was started. A case was booked against him under section 302 (murder) of IPC and an investigation was started. 

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