New Delhi: A 27-year-old Hyderabad woman, pursuing a master’s in London, was stabbed to death at her residence in London’s Wembley.
The deceased, Kontham Tejaswini Reddy, originally hailed from Hyderabad’s Champapet. She had gone to the UK in March last year for higher education.
The incident took place around 10 am British Time (BST) on Tuesday, June 13. Besides Reddy, the assailant also attacked her friend, Akhila (28), who suffered stab injuries and is currently being treated at a north London hospital. According to London’s Metropolitan Police, Reddy died on the spot.
According to reports, the assailant is suspected to be a Brazilian man who shared a flat with Reddy and her injured friend. The motive behind the murder is not known yet.
The local police said they had taken two men, aged 23 and 24, into custody in connection with the murder. A 23-year-old woman, taken into custody earlier, was released later without any further action, the police added.
“Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and two women were treated for stab injuries. Despite the efforts of emergency services, a 27-year-old woman sadly died at the scene. Her next of kin are yet to be informed. A second woman, aged 28, was taken to hospital with stab injuries that were later assessed as not life-threatening,” the police said in a statement posted on Twitter.
A relative of Reddy, who lives in Hyderabad, told the Times of India that the deceased moved to the apartment where she was murdered only because it was closer to her place of work. The assailant who is suspected of the crime lived in a different room in the same flat as Reddy and her friend which had a common kitchen facility, the relative added.