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K Devi Reddy, a third-year student of Naraya-namma College — was returning home in a friend’s car when they reportedly met with an accident

The death of a 21-year-old BTech student in the city in the early hours of Sunday in an alleged accident has turned into a controversy, with the family and friends of the victim alleging it was a murder, and that the accident was “staged”. Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy Friday transferred the case from Jubilee Hills police to an Assistant Commissioner of Police of Banjara Hills for investigation.
The victim — K Devi Reddy, a third-year student of Naraya-namma College — was returning home in a friend’s car when they reportedly met with an accident. The car, according to police, crashed into a tree on the roadside as it approached Journalists’ Colony — barely 400 metres from the victim’s house. The man behind the wheel — Devi’s friend Bharat Simha Reddy, 23 — had told police that he had lost control and crashed.
Devi, police say, was critically injured and succumbed within minutes. Bharat survived with minor injuries. And this is where suspicion grows, according to Devi’s father Niranjan Reddy.
While Devi was sitting on the passenger seat, the airbag on her side did not deploy; it did for Bharat. Marks on the tree, into which the car crashed, do not indicate a high-speed impact, said Narender Reddy, Devi’s uncle. “We suspect she was murdered somewhere else by Bharat.. The accident was staged near the house,” he said. Four days after the accident, DCP A Venkateshwara Rao said Bharat was booked for driving under influence of alcohol. Bharat is a student of St Mary’s College. His father is a prominent builder in the city.