Samba Murthy, brother-in-law of Minister for Animal Husbandry P. Vishwaroop, and two others were arrested by the S.R. Nagar police here on Wednesday in a case of wrongfully restraining and assaulting a person.
Along with Murthy and his associates Kusuma Raju and D. Satyanarayana, the Minister’s son too was summoned to the police station and grilled in the case.
“Krishna Reddy was present when the complainant Veera Raghava Raju was assaulted. But he didn’t assault the complainant,” West zone DCP V. Satyanarayana said. There were inconsistencies in the complainant’s version too and there wasn’t sufficient evidence to confirm Krishna Reddy’s involvement in the assault, he said.
Raghava Raju, Murthy and others were business partners and operating five weigh bridges in East Godavari district.
Recently, they developed differences over money matters. Raghava Raju maintained that Murthy and others abducted him in a car in S.R. Nagar on Tuesday night and took him to a building where they confined and tortured him.