Three days after a member of the Legislative Council (MLC) from the ruling Yemeni Yemeni Congress party in Andhra Pradesh handed over the body of his former driver to the latter’s family, claiming that he had died in an accident, Kakinada District Police on Monday arrested the legislator, Ananta Uday Bhaskar over the death. .
After Bhaskar’s arrest on Monday morning, Kakinada Ring IG Bala Raju interrogated him and the MLC confessed in the process that he had beaten Subramaniam, police said.
Ravindra Babu, Kakinada District, said that after the autopsy concluded that the victim, T. Subramaniam, did not die in an accident but was beaten, resulting in his death, the FIR was amended from IPC 174 (accidental death) to section 302 (murder). mayors), and Bhaskar was initially arrested for questioning.
The police also added the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against Bhaskar.
Police sources said that the autopsy report indicated 27 injuries to the head, chest, abdomen, hands and legs. The sources said that while only Bhaskar has been arrested so far, his associates are also under questioning.
Sources said Subramaniam was taken to a beach in Kakinada on the night of May 19 and was assaulted while holding sand. Bhaskar was sent by a district court to judicial custody for 15 days.
According to the police, Bhaskar drove to Subramaniam’s home around 2am on April 20, body the latter in the back seat. He reportedly told the family that he had sent Subramaniam to fetch food the night before, when he encountered a fatal accident. Police said angry family members fled the scene.
Sources said Bhaskar told the police that he sacked Subramaniam from his job about five months ago, after which the latter started to file charges against him. Bhaskar told the police that Subramaniam was trying to blackmail him by saying that he would disclose his personal and financial affairs in public.
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The MLC informed the police that he called Subramaniam on the evening of 19 May to speak, but after a while he and his companions assaulted him. Subramaniam died as a result of the assault.
He is with us. DIG Raju said, without going into further details, an investigation is underway.
The victim’s mother, T. Ratnam, said Subramaniam had worked in Bhaskar for five years and was fired nearly five months ago. She also claimed that MLC was lying because Subramaniam was blackmailing him. “He held a grudge against my son for some reason. We believe he worked for him (Bhaskar) for five years, and he knew a lot about his activities. Perhaps he (Bhaskar) was afraid that (her son) would reveal these… That is why he killed him.”
Bhaskar, a real estate businessman, was nominated to the legislature last year under the quota of elected members from the East Godavari district.
Meanwhile, tension remains in Kakinada City, with angry family members and relatives, as well as locals, demanding justice for the Subramaniam family. Several local organizations, including Dalit societies, threatened to take their protest to the county collector’s office, demanding justice for the family.
On Sunday, Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy ordered the police to conduct a thorough investigation into Subramanyam’s death. After that DIG Raju started the investigation.