Police suspect Bhargavi’s make-up assistant Venkat might have tipped off Praveen Kumar about her movements in the city and the fact that she was alone as her mother was away at Guntur..
According to investigation sources, Venkat, 19, had been working as a personal make-up assistant for Bhargavi for some time, and Praveen was in touch with him. The call logs of the cell phones of both Bhargavi and Praveen show calls were either made to or received from Venkat’s mobile on Tuesday morning.
Venkat is said to be absconding and he is not answering his mobile. He is said to be from Chittoor and the police are on the look-out for him..
After attending a film shoot in Palakollu, Bhargavi reached the city on Monday for a scheduled shoot here. Police suspect that Venkat, after calling Bhargavi, might have passed on the information about her being alone in the city to Praveen Kumar.
Police have information that Praveen Kumar purchased the dagger in Nellore and boarded a bus to Hyderabad at around 8 pm on Monday night. After reaching the city in the early hours of Tuesday, he contacted Venkat again.
Meanwhile, the doctors, who performed post-mortem on the actor at the Gandhi Hospital, confirmed that she died due to stabbing.
The suicide note found in the trousers of Praveen Kumar will be sent to the Andhra Pradesh Forensic Science Laboratories (APFSL) for handwriting confirmation.
The bodies of Bhargavi and Praveen were handed over to the family members on Wednesday afternoon.