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Congress MPTC member shot dead by Maoists

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He was a suspect in Paritala Ravindra and Prabhakar murder cases


  • Mother of Nagender Reddy tries to resist the attack but fails
  • The assailants threaten villagers who tried to followed them
  • Material evidence indicates that a carbine and a tapancha were used in the killing
  • Congress activists led by G. Bhanumati, wife of Suri, stage a dharna with the body of Nagender Reddy

    DHARMAVARAM: Congress MPTC member from Tagarakunta village in Kanaganapalli mandal Nagender Reddy alias CM (35) was shot dead allegedly by Maoists late on Friday night when he was sleeping in his house at Tagarakunta.

    He was a staunch follower of G. Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri and was also a suspect in the Paritala Ravindra and Tagarakunta Prabhakar murder cases. The CBI had, in fact, interrogated him twice in the Ravindra murder case but let him off due to lack of evidence.

    The family members of the deceased initially alleged that either ROC led by Ranga Reddy alias Kamma Gopal or the Penukonda legislator, Paritala Sunita, and her father D. Kondanna, were behind the killing. But, they complained to the police suspecting the Maoists behind the murder, later.

    Threat from Maoists

    The family members of Nagender Reddy generally locked the house in which he slept from outside as a safety measure, as he was facing threat from the Maoists and political rivals. The procedure was followed on Friday night too.

    The family members suspected that a few villagers who could have kept a vigil on the safety measures of Nagender Reddy could have helped the killers.

    Mother of Nagender Reddy Narasamma told the police that an eight-member team, including two women, were allegedly involved in the attack. While four members forced their way into the house where Nagender Reddy was sleeping, four others stood guard at a distance.

    The younger brother Nagender Reddy, Maheshwar Reddy, told newspersons that his mother had in fact tried to resist the assailants but in vain. While one of them controlled her, three others went inside and shot him.

    The Additional SP of Dharmavaram, Akun Sabharwal, told The Hindu that they had reliable information that a few villagers tried to follow the assailants when the latter were returning after completing their task and raising slogans like "Maoists zindabad".

    They had also threatened the villagers not to follow them. Later, the team was found crossing the road near Atmakur around 11.30 pm.

    The assailants had used carbine and a tapancha to kill Nagender Reddy, as per the material evidence found at the scene of offence, Dr. Sabharwal explained.

    Empty cartridges of a carbine and a DBBL and a misfired bullet of carbine were also found at the scene. Nagender Reddy was shot in his head, chest and on the arm.

    Traffic disrupted

    Meanwhile, the Congress activists led by G. Bhanumati, wife of Suri, staged a dharna at Mamillapalli with the body of Nagender Reddy.

    As a result, vehicular traffic on NH-7 was disrupted for more than three hours. The Congress activists retreated after the police intervention.

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