Naxals kill Kunavaram mandal chief
Seetarama Rao was Kothagudem MLA's brother-in-law
KHAMMAM: CPI (Maoist) naxalites shot dead Congress leader Sreemanthula Seetarama Rao, 55, at Marrugudem village of Kunavaram mandal at 7.30 p.m on Thursday.
He was the mandal parishad president as well as the brother-in-law of Kothagudem MLA Vanama Venkateswar Rao.
Superintendent of Police Rajiv Kumar Meena has said that Seetarama Rao was shot from close range right in front of his house.
The Maoists were probably waiting for him, he said.
According to reports, the Congress leader was found in a pool of blood in front of his house.
Residents nearby rushed to him after hearing two gunshots. But they could not find anyone with weapons at the spot.
The local police said that Mr. Seetarama Rao was at loggerheads with leaders of another group of the same party in the village. He had not receive any kind of threats from the naxalite groups.
Mr. Venkateswar Rao, who is also district Congress president, condemned the killing. Special police parties took up combing operations in the area.