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Tailor dies under mysterious circumstances

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VIJAYAWADA, APRIL 11. A 40-year-old man, K. Venkateswara Rao, died under mysterious circumstances at Ranadive Nagar in the Krishna Lanka area of the city this afternoon.

The incident created some confusion in the city as leaders of Left organisations, media and police personnel rushed to the place following reports that the victim had died due to consumption of "cheap'' liquor.

According to local people, the victim, a tailor, reportedly consumed cheap liquor in the morning and died in the house. However, the family members declined to lodge a complaint with the police. The victim's wife, Raghavamma, told the Krishna Lanka SI, M. Kishore Babu, that her husband was a habitual drinker and had earlier suffered a heart attack. It was stated that Rao took to heavy drinking after his 14-year-old son, Ramu, reportedly drowned in the Krishna river about three years ago.

On Sunday too, he consumed liquor and came home, but collapsed after some time. "The death could be due to heart attack and excessive drinking,'' Raghavamma told the police. The family refused to agree to a post-mortem, as they did not have any suspicion about his death. They also did not heed to the suggestion of the CITU city secretary, Donepudi Kasinath, and other Communist Party of India (Marxist) leaders to hand over the body for post-mortem. "We cannot register any complaint, unless there is any specific complaint from the family,'' the South circle, Inspector, N.Venkat Reddy, told The Hindu .

The death created a sensation as rumours flew thick and fast about three persons succumbing after consuming "cheap'' liquor provided by a political party to drum up support for its candidate. However, police scotched rumours late in the night.

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