Praja Rajyam youth wing president and noted businessman Vellampalli Gopi was hacked to death at his office in the heart of the town on Saturday.
Additional Superintendent of Police S. Sai Baba said the 42-year-old leader into real estate, gold jewellery and money lending businesses was attacked by a group of miscreants following alleged dispute over “financial dealings.”
“Gopi was playing video games on his computer when the miscreants attacked him after throwing chilli powder.”
They made good their escape without being noticed by passersby in the busy Gandhi road, the I Town police said.
Gopi was discussing with his aides, hours before the murder, the upcoming trial in connection with a case registered in the Taluka police station under IPC sections 354 (criminal force to outrage a woman's modesty) and 506(criminal intimidation), police said.