TDP activist done to death

Staff Reporter

Victim had long-standing enmity with accused persons, say police

Murder committed in the presence of his wifeSix persons pounce on Rajendranath Reddy as he comes out of a cool drink shopVictim first beaten with wooden staffs and later attacked with hunting sickles Case booked against six persons

ANANTAPUR: A TDP activist of Velamakuru village in Tadipatri rural mandal Rajendranath Reddy, 50, was hacked to death by six persons in the presence of his wife at Tadipatri on Saturday. He was done to death when he was coming out of a cool drinks shop near the APSRTC bus station.

According to the police, Rajendranath Reddy had rivalry with Pulla Reddy and Nageswara Reddy of the same village since 1996. He had worked as the Village Administrative Officer (VAO) before joining active politics. He was a follower of J.C. Diwakar Reddy when he entered politics but later shifted his loyalties to K. Suryapratap Reddy.

He came to Tadipatri on Saturday along with his wife, Shyamala, as she was ill. They visited a doctor and when his wife felt thirsty he took her to a cool drinks shop. Pulla Reddy, Nageswara Reddy and four others, who were already lying in wait there, entered into an altercation with Rajendranath Reddy and allegedly attacked him with staffs of wood. Later, they allegedly hacked him with hunting sickles.

The assailants fled the scene immediately. Rajendranath Reddy died on the spot. The police registered a case against Pulla Reddy, Nageswara Reddy and four others.

Former legislator and TDP leader K. Suryapratap Reddy alleged that the murder was committed at the behest of J.C. Prabhakar Reddy, brother of Panchayat Raj and Endowments Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy.

He stated that forthcoming sarpanch elections could be the reason behind the murder as Rajender Reddy was planning to contest the election.