Correspondent

Constable, riding motorcycle, intercepted and shot dead at point-blank range

MAHABUBNAGAR: Police constable Ramesh (33), attached to Kollapur police station, was shot dead at point-blank range by CPI (Maoist) on Monday around 9 a.m. on the outskirts of Javaiapalli village, a hamlet of Singotam gram panchayat in Kollapur mandal.

According to information reaching the district headquarters, Ramesh went to the hamlet on a motorcycle in the morning in connection with the investigation of a rape case in the village. He was returning after speaking to the complainant and the accused person.

When he reached the approach to the village tank, three suspected Maoists intercepted him, and beating him up severely, pumped bullets into his forehead and abdomen. Ramesh died instantaneously.

The assailants called Kumaraswamy, who was standing some distance away, and revealed their identity before leaving the place.

ASP Wanaparthi Shahnawaz Qasim visited the spot and the police were questioning Kumaraswamy for further details. Ramesh is survived by wife Someshwarri (27) and two sons-- Yashwant (3) and Rakesh (1). A native of Ieeza, a mandal headquarters in the district, he joined the department in 1995.

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