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RTI Activist Found Dead In Telangana Lake, 3 Arrested For Murder: Cops

The gang allegedly kidnapped Mr Ramakrishnaiah on June 15.

Hyderabad:

A Right to Information (RTI) activist was killed in Telangana’s Jangaon district in an apparent fallout of a land issue and three persons have been arrested for allegedly kidnapping and killing the retired Mandal Parishad Development Officer (MPDO), police said on Monday.

The killing of 70-year-old Nalla Ramakrishnaiah came to light on Sunday when his body was found in a water-filled quarry, three days after he went missing, they said. The victim’s son had earlier filed a missing complaint.

G Anjaiah, the prime accused had a dispute with Mr Ramakrishnaiah and nursed a grudge over the latter complaining against him to government officials over a land issue, police said. He allegedly hired a contract killing gang to eliminate Ramakrishnaiah, a police official said.

The gang allegedly kidnapped Mr Ramakrishnaiah on June 15 at Pochannapeta. They “strangled” him to death using a towel and dumped the body in a quarry pond, police said.

Police apprehended Anjaiah and two contract killers on Sunday and efforts are on to track others on the run.

Mr Ramakrishnaiah had filed RTI applications, civil suits in the court and had also approached Human Rights Commission against Anjaiah for cancellation of pattas (land deeds) pertaining to a government-assigned land in Pochannapet village which the latter had allegedly occupied.

This had led to a personal enmity between them, and Anjaiah hired the gang to kill the former MPDO, police said.

The prime accused, who is the husband of a local Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) member belonging to the ruling BRS, contacted a man named Tirupati and offered him to pay Rs 8 lakh for eliminating Mr Ramakrishnaiah.

Tirupati agreed to do the job and took an advance amount of Rs 50,000 from Anjaiah, police said.

The gang members allegedly kidnapped Mr Ramakrishnaiah in a car on June 15 and later killed him and dumped the body, police added.

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