Machilipatnam: Three persons were today shot dead allegedly by unidentified men when they were proceeding towards Eluru in a car on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway, police said.
The incident took place when the victims G Maraiah, P Maraiah and G Nageswara Rao were attacked after the miscreants rammed their vehicle into the moving car at Pedavutapalli village and opened fire, killing two of them on the spot, Police Commissioner A B Venkateswara Rao told reporters here.
The third man succumbed on his way to the hospital.
According to police, the trio were accused in a murder case of one Durga Rao, killed on March 4
this year in Pinakamidi village in West Godavari district.
All the three belonged to the same village and police suspects that the assailants were hired killers, employed to avenge the murder of Rao.
Further investigations are underway, they added.