Kadapa (AP):

A man was hacked to death on a busy thoroughfare in Kadapa district’s Proddatur town in broad daylight on Thursday while bystanders filmed the killing on their mobile phones. No one helped.Police suspect an illicit relationship may have led to the gruesome murder of Maruti Reddy on Thursday . Around 10.30am, 32-yearold Reddy was on his way in an autorickshaw to the district court to appear in a case.

Close to the court, the assailants, suspected to be Srinivas Reddy and Raghunath, pulled him out of the autorickshaw and attacked him with a machete, police said. Maruti collapsed near the median on the road and was struck with the machete at least 11 times.

All this while, people on the road continued with their chores. No one dared intervene. Some even filmed the macabre murder on their mobiles. Within a few minutes, the incident went viral on social media, triggering public outrage against the police.

After the attack, the assailants walked away . Only then did people approach the body and inform police, who arrived later and took the body away for a post-mortem examination.