Vijayawada, July 1: A man allegedly beat his daughter to death with the wooden handle of an axe in Krishna district on Saturday for not breaking off a love affair. Chandrika, an undergraduate student of pharmacy, was attacked by her father Kottaiah when he found out her relationship with a classmate. Also Read - Payal Ghosh Alleges 'Rape' in FIR Against Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker To Appear For Interrogation

Villagers and neighbours deem the incident to be a case of ‘honour killing’ as the father held the family’s honour dearer to him than his teenage daughter’s wish. The police said that Kotaiah wanted his daughter to get married to a person of his choice and objected to her love affair. While some reports claim that it is honour killing, others state that the infuriated accused killed his daughter because the boy whom Chandrika wanted to marry allegedly belonged to a different community. However, a police officer from the Chandarlapadu Police Station reportedly said, “As per our initial findings, both of them seem to belong to the same community. The accused was unhappy that he could not choose his daughter’s bridegroom and this led to the crime. However, we are still investigating all angles.” Also Read - Fashion Designer Sharbari Datta Found Dead in The Washroom of Her Kolkata Residence

Kanchikacharla Inspector K. Murthy reportedly said that there was no sufficient information about the man who was in a relationship with Chandrika. Murthy said, “We are getting the details from her mother. Kotaiah will be arrested very soon”. Chandrika’s grandfather has lodged an FIR against Kottaiah.  A case has been registered against the accused under Section 302(A) (Punishment for murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Police officers are conducting further investigations into the matter. Also Read - Vadivel Balaji's Death: Actor Was Under Severe Depression Due to COVID-19 Lockdown - Friend Reveals All

Chandrika had a younger sister and lived with her family in a village in Chandarlapadu Mandal of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. She was allegedly murdered just a day after her birthday. She was severely hit on the head by her father who overheard her conversation with her classmate over the phone. Chandrika succumbed to her injuries and a local hospital declared her as ‘brought dead’.