• Sunday, April 21, 2024


Australia Police seek husband of Indian woman found murdered in Victoria

Ashok Raj Varikuppala, husband of the deceased Chaithanya Madhagani, left for India with their three-year-old son and kept him with his in-laws.

Chaithanya Madhagani, a woman from India’s Hyderabad, found murdered in Australia. (Picture: X)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THE Australian police have reiterated their desire to interview the husband of the Indian woman who was found murdered in Victoria last Saturday (9), the country’s media reported.

The body of 35-year-old Chaithanya Madhagani, who hailed from the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, was discovered in a wheelie bin in a remote area in Buckley, south-west of Geelong, around noun.

On Thursday (14), a spokesperson of Victoria Police said the sleuths were continuing with their efforts to speak with Ashok Raj Varikuppala, the 38-year-old husband of the deceased, who reportedly left Australia for India with their three-year-old son Arya and left him with the parents of Madhagani.

Read: Hyderabad woman’s murder in Australia: Local Indians express shock

He also reportedly called up family members in Victoria and told them about his wife’s death.

The official said they could not comment on the matter as they did not want to hurt the investigation into what she called a serious issue.

Read: Indian woman found murdered in Australia; suspect husband flies home with son

According to Australian media reports, the police set up two crime scenes as part of their investigation into the death.

It was also reported that a green waste bin was missing from the couple’s residence and a high-pressure cleaner was also spotted nearby.

Earlier this week, Praveen Kumar Thopucherla, the executive chairperson of the Melbourne Telangana Forum that hosts cultural events to celebrate the southern Indian state, said Madhagani’s death was “an alarm” for the close-knit community which was traumatised.

While India and Australia share an extradition treaty for criminal offences, the police have not made any comments on extraditing Varikuppala.

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