TRS leader Sambasivudu — a former Naxalite — was hacked to death by unidentified persons in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh late Saturday night, police said.
He was returning to Hyderabad from Nalgonda district along with his supporters in a car, when they were waylaid and attacked near Gokaram village in Velgonda mandal, police said.
Sambasivudu, whose original name was Konapuri Ilaiah and once an active Naxal before surrendering in 2009 because of ill-health, joined Telangana Rashtra Samithi last year. He was made a member of the TRS politburo.
He and his supporters were returning in two cars after attending a ‘Dhoom Dham’ programme in support of a separate Telangana state.
He was seriously injured in the attack, and succumbed to injuries while being shifted to Hyderabad, police said. Some of his supporters too were injured.
He was suspected to be involved in the Naxal attacks on former Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) and N. Janardan Reddy (Congress), in the past.
TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and several other party leaders condemned the killing.