The city police on Wednesday arrested a former BSP leader Bejjam Rajesh Putra, who unsuccessfully contested in the Lok Sabha elections from Eluru in the 1998 general elections, allegedly while in possession of illegal weapons.
A special team of police led by city DSP M. Rajani and Eluru rural Circle Inspector M. Sudhakar Rao raided his house and arrested him and seized the firearms allegedly stashed in a storeroom of his nursing college at Khandrigagudem on city outskirts.
The seized weapons included a .303 rifle, dummy AK 47 carbine, automatic pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition. He was suspected to have been using the weapons to threaten the landlords in the Pedavegi area, posing as a naxalite. He reportedly procured weapons from Bihar.
Superintendent of Police M. Ramesh told press persons that Rajesh was an accused in the murder of Piboina Ravi, a history sheeter from Tadepalligudem and in the killing of his father, Prasada Rao, an ex-serviceman, and stepmother Hymavati reported in 2012.