Hyderabad: TRS MLA Gudem Mahipal Reddy’s son Vishnuvardhan Reddy and his associates allegedly assaulted a bakery owner at his constituency Patancheru, on Thursday night. The legislator’s son and more than 30 men, who were all drunk, also allegedly misbehaved with victim Kiran Goud’s family members and abused his wife in vulgar language.
Kiran Goud and his family have alleged that they went to the police in the night and lodged a complaint, but no case was registered. On Friday morning, they were summoned to the police station and forced to withdraw the complaint. The police have denied the charges.
His wife Shailaja said the police threatened to book them in a false case, while the MLA’s men warned them of dire consequences if they pursued the matter.
Kiran runs a bakery near Padmavathi Venkateswara Wines in the town. One of Vishnuvardhan’s close aides also runs a bakery in the same area. Due to Kiran’s bakery, the bakery of Vishnuvardhan’s aide was losing business. As a result, he had in the past demanded that Kiran shut his shop. He had also offered money to Kiran to hand over the shop and leave the town with family. But Kiran continued to run his bakery.
On Thursday, Vishnuvardhan came to the bakery in an intoxicated condition and purchased some snacks. When Kiran asked for the money, he assaulted him.
Kiran informed police through Dial 100 and cops arrived and started recording the incident on their mobile phones. “Vishnuvardhan Reddy and his men snatched their mobile phones and hit them to the ground. You may inquire with the patrolling teams also,” said Kiran.
Ever since he started the bakery, Kiran said, there were threats and abuses from Vishnuvardhan Reddy and his men. Kiran said that around 10.30 pm, Vishnuvardhan and his men came to his house, kicked the gates, created a ruckus, terrorising all residents. They asked Kiran to come out and assaulted him.
Shailaja said that they were summoned to the police station on Friday where the MLA’s brother forced them to withdraw the complaint.
Inspector Naresh of Patancheru police said a case has been registered under several sections of the IPC and the investigation is on. When asked if the alleged attackers were in an intoxicated condition and misbehaved with a woman, he denied the charges and said they would investigate into the complaint.