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Industrialist held on charge of murder attempt

By Our Special Correspondent



Koganti Satyam being arrested by the Krishnalanka police in Vijayawada on Monday. Photo: Raju.V.

VIJAYAWADA, JAN. 31. A city-based industrialist, Koganti Satyanarayana alias Satyam, was arrested here on Monday on charges of attempting to murder a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader, Katragadda Nagamalleswara Rao alias Babu.

Satyam had been evading the police ever since there was an attempt on Mr. Babu's life on August 27 last, at the latter's residence in broad daylight by three persons. Satyam tried to seek anticipatory bail and approached the State High Court, but his plea was rejected.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sk. Mastan Vali, said the Krishnalanka police had laid a dragnet to nab Satyam on Monday based on credible information that he was in the city. Satyam is the prime accused in the attempt to murder case along with Vangaveeti Santhan Kumar, who is still at large.

Involvement denied

Satyam, however, told presspersons at Krishnalanka police station that he wasn't at large and was only trying to secure anticipatory bail. Satyam claimed he did not have any criminal history nor had he masterminded any plot to kill anybody. He, on the other hand, alleged that Mr. Babu must have "stage-managed" the attempt with a view to drawing the attention of his party's leadership. For, he was not given any post in the party for the last one decade.

Asked if he had surrendered to the police, he replied in the negative and said he was arrested when he was at his office. "I was about to go to the court to surrender on the advice of my advocate.

Meanwhile, the police came and arrested me," he said. The police registered cases under sections 307 and 120 (B) of the IPC against Satyam.

Bail for other accused

In fact, he had sought anticipatory bail in the Metropolitan Sessions court thrice. But, the prosecution argued that the bail could not be granted for the chargesheet was yet to be filed. After the police filed the chargesheet, the court granted bail to the other accused, including one Vikram Nagu and three others.

On this pretext, Satyam tried for anticipatory bail in the High Court, but to no avail. He was produced in the IV Metropolitan Magistrate court on Monday and was remanded to judicial custody till February 15.

In fact, speculation was rife in the city about Satyam's possible surrender in the court of law. The city police had also deployed plainclothesmen in large numbers in front of the courts two days ago.

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