Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ex-naxal brutally murdered

25 Aug 2008, 0451 hrs IST,TNN

HYDERABAD: A former naxalite, V Ganesh Babu, was brutally murdered at his residence in Habsiguda on Saturday night. Police suspect the role of Ganesh's absconding wife, also a surrendered naxalite, and his brother-in-law in the murder.

V Ganesh Babu of Kothuluru village in Nalgonda district had worked as a courier for the Rachakonda dalam of People's War in the late ‘90s, and became a practising lawyer and real-estate broker in 2001. Ganesh Babu, his wife Padma, 35, brother-in-law, Ramesh, 22, and two children used to stay on the second floor of a two-storeyed building at Ravindra Nagar, Habsiguda. According to DCP (east zone) T Prabhakara Rao, Padma was an underground naxalite and surrendered in 1996. On Sunday around 5 am, the house owner Narasimha Reddy's car driver Bal Reddy went to the house, and saw Ramesh leaving in a four-wheeler. "He saw Pushpa, her two children and Ramesh leaving in a Qualis," Prabhakara Rao said.

When Bal Reddy went upstairs to switch on the motor, he saw blood stains on the door of Ganesh's house and informed Narasimha Reddy about the incident.

Narasimha Reddy called up 108, police, and Ganesh's brother Raghavulu to inform about the incident.

Police rushed to the spot immediately and found the body of Ganesh lying on a cot in the main bedroom. "Somebody smashed his head with a pestle and iron rod. It appears like Ganesh attempted to resist the attackers as all the walls in the house carry blood stains," Prabhakara Rao said.

After the preliminary investigation, police suspect that Pushpa along with her brother might have killed Ganesh as the couple reportedly had a strained marital relationship for a long time. "Pushpa suspected that Ganesh had an affair with her younger sister, Sudha, who runs a beauty parlour in Dilsukhnagar, and he would give away some property to her," Osmania University inspector of police M Kistaiah said.

Police said that Pushpa and Ramesh were absconding and a police team had been sent to Kandlavelli, Vikarabad, the native place of Pushpa.

The CLUES team visited the spot and lifted fingerprints. A murder case was registered under section 302 of the IPC. "We have contacted the Nalgonda police to get further information about the naxalite background of Ganesh," the DCP said.

In 2005, Ganesh lodged a complaint at the Chaderghat police station claiming that he was threatened by Nayeem, but the DCP (east zone) ruled out the possibility of naxal renegade, Nayeem, murdering Ganesh. "We do not have any evidence which supports the involvement of Nayeem in the incident," he said.

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