Hyderabad: The gruesome daylight murder of Sudheer Elagala (19), In Kukatpally on Monday, left his friend Sai terrified and helpless.

Recalling the gruesome incident, Sai said it was all over within a few seconds. "While on the way to the examination hall, the assailants first hit our bike. Even as I tried to balance the vehicle, Sudheer ran towards a moving school bus and got into it. However, the assailants dragged him out of the bus and hacked him mercilessly,” Sai said.

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“He (Sudheer) was still trying to run… after a powerful blow on his neck, he collapsed immediately. They left their weapons there itself and ran from the scene. However, one of them couldn’t. He tried to run, but by that time, the public made cries to catch him and a traffic constable along with a few people snatched away the machete and grounded him,” an eyewitness said.

The four accused were identified as Mahesh, Teja, Naveen and Krishna. While Mahesh has been detained, the others are still at large. According to the police, Sudheer died almost immediately due to the deep cuts on his neck and his head.