New Delhi: A Hyderabad man accused of ‘honour-killing’ of his Dalit Christian son-in-law two years ago on Sunday committed suicide. He left a suicide note for his wife and daughter that read ‘sorry’. Also Read - Hyderabad-based Startup Launches COVID-19 Innovation Challenge For Students to Bring Potential Cure

Maruthi Rao, the prime accused in the murder of Pranay Kumar in 2018, was found dead in a room at a lodge earlier this morning. Police reports suggest that he committed suicide by consuming insecticide. In the note found beside him, Rao apologised to his wife and asked his daughter to stay with her mother. Also Read - Hyderabad Paan Vendor Arrested for Selling Weed Chocolates, Over 200 Flavours Seized

“He (Rao) had checked into a room in the lodge on Saturday night and the next morning when there was no response from him, the staff of the lodge broke open the room door and found him lying dead on the cot,” police said. A case of suicide has been registered and further investigations are underway. Also Read - Hyderabad Techie Commits Suicide After Poisoning Wife, 2 Children; Probe Underway

In September 2018, Maruti Rao had reportedly assigned some contract killers who hacked to death 23-year-old Pranay Kumar in front of his pregnant wife in broad daylight. Kumar had married his daughter, an upper-caste woman, at Miryalguda town in Nalgonda district.

Rao, opposed to the marriage of his daughter, conspired with other accused and paid Rs 1 crore to eliminate Kumar with Rs 15 lakh paid in advance, the police had said. The seven accused also included two men acquitted in the murder of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya. The entire episode was captured on a CCTV camera and sent waves of panic across the region.