Hyderabad: Four persons who had assaulted an assistant engineer of the Japal electricity sub-station in 2017 were sentenced to one-year in prison on 4 December.

According to the police, on 1 October 2017, Manthani Krishna (40), who worked as a helper in the electricity department, was repairing the fuse of a transformer at Japal village when the sub-station operator, Koppula Raju, switched on the main power supply. Krishna died on the spot.

Following his death, Kukkudala Balreddy and 16 others entered the sub-station and beat up the assistant engineer, G. Shyam Prasad, who was on duty.

During the course of the investigation, Kotaiah, the then SI of Manchal police station, collected evidence and filed a charge sheet against all 17 accused on 27 December 2017. During the trial held on Monday, the Ibrahimpatnam judge convicted Kukkudala Balreddy (28), Yata Nagaraju (28), Manthani Mahesh (25), and Dasari Srisailam alias Laddu (24) of Japal village under Manchal mandal to one-year rigorous imprisonment. The other accused were acquitted.

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