Hyderabad: A 21-year-old farmer was killed by a group of men, all farmers, in Vikarabad district on Friday, following a tiff over the former’s cattle grazing in his neighbouring fields.
“The accused followed the victim while he was on his way home and hacked him to death with sickles,” a police officer said.
The victim was identified as Buddha Naresh, 21, of Dharmapur in Dharur mandal. He owned a piece of agricultural land and two oxen and a goat, which he used to take for grazing to the outskirts of the village.
On Friday morning, Naresh took his cattle to his field for grazing and set them free, while he got busy with routine chores.
Sometime later, Ravulapalli Ashok, a farmer who owns the agricultural field next to Naresh’s, picked an argument with him as Naresh’s cattle were grazing in his fields.
Dharur sub-inspector B. Prabhakar Reddy said, “After the argument, Naresh took his cattle and was walking back home. Soon after, Ashok and his associates attacked Naresh with sickles and killed him on the spot.”
The SI said four of the attackers had been identified as Ashok, Anand, Srinu, and Narsimhulu. All of them fled from the spot....