Vijayawada: In a horrifying incident reported from Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district, a man strangled his daughter for reportedly being in love with a boy from another caste.

Venka Reddy is believed to have killed his daughter K. Vaishnavi (20) by suffocating her to death at their residence in Kottapelam village in Thallur block on Monday.

He then told his relatives and other villagers that she died of a cardiac arrest. However, the police caught his lie when they found injury marks around her neck. The body has been sent for autopsy.

Studying in B.Com second year in a private college in Ongole town, Vaishnavi fell in love with a classmate, belonging to another caste and hailing from Lingasamudram village.

The two were said to be in love for two years. On coming to know about the affair eight months ago, the girl’s parents had admonished her.

On February 2, Vaishnavi left her home and reached Markapuram town with plans to elope with her lover.

But her parents came to know about it and brought her back home. A heated argument ensued between Venka Reddy and his daughter and in a fit of rage he strangled her.

This is the fourth incident of honour killing in Prakasam district in four years and third in Thallur block.