After the two left the main road to enter a residential neighbourhood en-route Rani's house, the accused doused Rani in petrol and set her on fire around 6.30 p.m. "She was rescued and shifted to hospital", Sumathi told the Indian Express. She suffered 70 per cent burns and was being treated at Gandhi Hospital.
While analyzing the CCTV footage it was found that the accused kartik was waiting outside her office waiting for her to come out when she came outside they both were seen arguing and accused poured petrol on her and set her on fire.
After the incident, police rushed to the spot and spoke to the victim, who disclosed that it was one Karthik, who set her ablaze. "She had been declining his proposals saying it was against her family values and that they could remain friends", a Lalaguda police officer said. He was later taken into custody. "She gave me the mobile he gifted her and told me about her plight, following which we warned him not to bother her", Reddy told the police. Enraged by her decision, Karthik chose to kill her and set her ablaze. "She studied up to degree first year and was a talented accountant while Karthik dropped out of school". He had been proposing her for marriage and also persuading her to quit the job after he himself got fired, police said. "Karthik was sacked for not performing at work", said V. Jagan Reddy, the proprietor of Lucky Traders, where Rani worked. "Investigations have revealed that Karthik had been chasing and harassing Sandhya for months". Karthik had parked his bike in the parking lot of a nearby hotel. Late in the night he came to collect his bike and he was arrested, " an official said.
On Thursday, Sandhya Rani was on her way back to home after work when Kartheek intercepted her. "We are now altering the case sections also". The police registered cases under section 302 (murder), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 (D) (stalking), Sec 3 (2) of SC/ST (POA) Amendment Act, 2015 against the accused.