Vijayawada: A case has been registered against former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) minister Kollu Ravindra in connection with the murder of YSRCP leader and former market yard chairman Moka Bhaskar Rao.
Bhaskar Rao was murdered near the fish market in Machilipatnam in Krishna district on 29 June.
The Krishna district police have arrested two people - Chinta Nagamalleswara and Chinta Vamsi Krishna - in the murder case. So far, four people have been arrested. A juvenile was also taken into custody. The TDP leader had knowledge of the murder plan and was in touch with the arrested persons, the police said. They also suspect the involvement of more TDP leaders.
The deputy superintendent of police, Mehaboob Badha, said they registered a case against Kollu Ravindra based on the confession of the arrested persons. "When our teams went to Mr. Ravindra's home for further investigation, the TDP leader was not there. He has been absconding and also, his phone was switched off," said Basha.
The police said there was a political rivalry between one of the accused, Chinta Chinni, and Bhaskar Rao since 2009. In 2013, Rao's followers had allegedly killed Chinni's elder brother. Chinni had been planning to take revenge and kill Bhaskar Rao, the police said. Recently, the duo was also involved in a land dispute near Gummatala Cheruvu.
Meanwhile, TDP chief and former Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu condemned the police cases against Kollu Ravindra. He said the police have registered cases under the Nirbhaya Act and SC/ST Atrocities Act against TDP leaders and now they are registering cases against TDP leaders for murder.