Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: A ward member’s death in Aliabad village of Shamirpet on city outskirts triggered violence with mobs going on the rampage attacking houses of suspects on Tuesday.

The police opened fire in the air to quell the violent crowds that ransacked four houses, burnt furniture and pelted stones resulting in minor injuries to several policemen. Trouble started when locals found the body of 11th ward member Satyanarayana hanging from the ceiling of an abandoned house in the village around 11 a.m.

The villagers suspected foul play stating that the 40-year-old victim had no motive to end his life as he had said he was going for a party on Monday evening. Rumours did rounds that Satyanarayana partied with four friends of the same village, Ramana, Satti Reddy, Damoder Reddy and Krishna, till late on Monday night.

Even as Satyanarayana’s family members lodged a complaint with the Shamirpet police, a mob attacked the house of Ramana. The Shamirpet police station Inspector T. Venkanna opened two rounds of fire in the air.

Meanwhile, other villagers divided into groups and raided the houses of the other three suspects. Incidentally, all the four houses were found locked.

Tension gripped the village with villagers not allowing the police to shift the body to the mortuary. “You first arrest the accused,” the villagers urged the Alwal DCP Mahesh Bhagawat.

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