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Suri's aide Bhanu obtained arms licence fraudulently

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Shattered:Bhanumathi, wife of Suri, at the Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

KHAMMAM: Bhanu Kiran, the prime suspect in the sensational killing of Gangula Suryanarayana Reddy alias Maddelacheruvu Suri in Hyderabad on Monday, reportedly obtained weapon licence from Khammam district through fraudulent means in 2006.

Sources said Bhanu Kiran, believed to be a native of Kadapa district, had secured an arms licence for .32 pistol in November 2006 by furnishing a fictitious address claiming himself to be a resident of Sundaraiahnagar in Wyra town. The address quoted by him in his application was that of a person presently residing in the United States, sources added.

Police seized pistol

However, the police Task Force seized his pistol after detaining him in connection with a weapon smuggling case in Begumpet in Hyderabad in 2009.

Backed by some influential politicians, Bhanu reportedly made several attempts to renew his gun licence the same year, sources said.

The whole episode exposed the serious deficiencies concerning sanction of gun licences.

Meanwhile, the incident has triggered doubts about the alleged use of the same weapon by Bhanu in the killing of Suri.

As the news spread, senior police officials swung into action and verified the records to ascertain the facts here on Tuesday.

‘Licence cancelled'

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Kanti Rana Tata told The Hindu that Bhanu Kiran did obtain a weapon licence for .32 pistol from the district in 2006 and that his pistol was seized by the Task Force police in Begumpet in March 2009 and produced in the local court in the city. The licence was subsequently cancelled, he said.

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