Eleven arrested in connection with Konda Reddy`s killing

Eleven persons, including the brother of an MLA, were arrested at Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in connection with the killing of T Konda Reddy, an accused in the murder of TDP legislator Paritala Ravindra.

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

Hyderabad: Eleven persons, including the
brother of an MLA, were arrested at Anantapur district of
Andhra Pradesh in connection with the killing of T Konda
Reddy, an accused in the murder of TDP legislator Paritala
Ravindra, police said on Tuesday.

Balaji, brother of TDP MLA from Penukonda constituency
Paritala Sunitha (widow of Ravindra), along with 11 others
were arrested for the murder of Konda Reddy, who was shot dead
in his house in Anantapur on the evening of February 22,
Anantapur OSD Kola Krishna said over phone.

Reddy, who was accused No 13 in Ravindra murder
case, was a Congress leader and former mandal president of
Kangaganapalle town.

Reddy was arrested in Ravindra murder case in 2005 and
was released on bail in February 2009. He had survived three
attempts on his life earlier.

Balaji, Vinay Kumar alias Vijay, Chandra, Ramaji Naidu,
Vinod, Nagendra and Ramakrishna have been accused of
conspiring Reddy`s murder while the four others were arrested
on charge of giving shelter and providing vehicles to the
accused, Krishna said.

"All the eleven persons were apprehended from different
parts of Anantapur district. During interrogation Vijay
confessed to firing at Konda Reddy," the official said,
adding the motive behind the murder was rivalry and area
domination in the faction-hit Anantapur district in
Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.

Police also seized one .38 revolver, one pistol, one 12
boregun and few sickles from the accused besides Rs 1.54 lakh
in cash and all of them have been sent to judicial remand,
Krishna said.

Earlier, on January 3, G Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri,
who was the prime accused in Ravindra murder case, was shot
dead by gunmen at Yousufguda area here.

Hyderabad Police had arrested four persons in connection
with his killing even as the main suspect and his one-time
aide, Bhanu Kiran, continues to remain at large.

Paritala Ravindra, the TDP legislator from Penukonda,
was gunned down by Suri`s followers in January 2005 and a
charge sheet was filed against 16 persons.

PTI