VIJAYAWADA: A 43-year-old woman killed her 17-year-old son at A T Agraharam in Guntur town on Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as Vallepu Siddartha who was addicted to ganja and had been harassing his mother Sumalatha.
According to Nagarampalem police, Sumalatha, a sweeper employed with the Guntur Municipal Corporation on a contract basis, had been living in a rented house at A T Agraharam for the past two months along with her son Siddartha. She was the sole breadwinner in her family since her husband’s death.
Sumalatha’s son Siddartha had dropped out of school and was addicted to ganja and would frequently harass his mother for money for his addiction. On Saturday, there was a quarrel between mother and son, said neighbours who overheard the two. Later, they saw Sumalatha leaving the house, claiming she had “finally got rid of him”. Suspecting something to be amiss, neighbours went inside the house and noticed Siddartha lying dead on the floor.
Police rushed to the spot upon receiving information from the locals and shifted the body to Government General Hospital (GGH) for postmortem. Based on the material evidence collected from the crime scene and circumstantial evidence, a case of murder under section 302 of IPC was booked against Sumalatha and a search operation launched to trace her.