Dispute over distribution of lease proceeds the trigger
Three persons were killed and seven others grievously injured in a clash between two groups, both belonging to the Scheduled Castes, at Chettunnapadu, a fishermen hamlet, in the Kolleru area falling under Bhimadole mandal of West Godavari district late on Monday night.
The dead were identified as Netala Rangaraju (5), Devadasu Lalita (60) and Gontu Jaraju (50). Devadasu Chinna Babu and Devadasu Rajakumar, who sustained head injuries, were rushed to the government hospital in Guntur where their condition was stated to be critical. Five others—Batla John, Devadasu Yelaiah, Yarlapati Dasu, Devadasu Joseph and Devadasu Jalakshmi -- were admitted in the government hospital here. A group representing the village SC Fishermen Cooperative Society allegedly attacked the rival group with sticks and iron rods on the village outskirts while the latter returning was home after attending the trial of a case in the RDO court in the city. One person died on the spot while the remaining two succumbed to injuries on their way to hospital. Eluru Range DIG Vikramsingh Mann visited the scene of offence.
According to Superintendent of Police S. Harikrishna, the dispute over distribution of the lease proceeds accruing from the fishponds in the village was the cause for the lethal attack. Police registered a case against 25 persons and are on the lookout for the accused, he added.