Telugu Desam faction leader Paritala Ravi brutally killed
DP Kamat in New Delhi
New Delhi, 25 January (Asiantribune.com): Paritala Ravi - A law maker in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh who enjoys high security cover was brutally killed at Anantapur, about 100 km from India’s cyber city, Bangalore.
Police said the killing of Paritala Ravi on Monday by his political rivals was aimed at settling faction scores. Ravi, who belongs to the opposition Telugu Desam is a faction leader himself and is believed to be involved in several faction killings in the past.
But the news about the attack on him by unidentified persona with bombs at the Telugu Desam party (TDP) office sparked off a violent reaction by his party cadres across the state.
TDP activists went on a rampage burning buses and attacking government offices, including those of district magistrates and district police chiefs. A general strike was enforced at many places and the ruling Congress party offices were targeted by unruly mobs.
TDP chief and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu blamed the government of chief minister Rajasekhara Reddy for the gruesome killing of Ravi. He alleged that under Reddy’s leadership, factionalism was ruling the state, making a mockery of democracy.
Chief Minister condemned the killing and ordered the police to bring the culprits swiftly to book.
Naidu’s lament was that despite the TDP bringing the incidents of attacks on its leaders to the notice of the President, the Prime Minister and the Human Rights Commission, the state government had failed to provide protection to leaders facing threat.
He asked the TDP cadres to observe restraint and ‘fight the onslaught’ on the party in a democratic manner.
- Asian Tribune -