A day after the alleged murder of former minister and YSRCP leader Vivekananda Reddy came to light, his family, including YSRCP Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy, held the last rites in Pulivendula, Andhra Pradesh. Vivekananda Reddy, 68, was the younger brother of late CM YS Rajasheker Reddy and the uncle of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
A procession to mark the final rites traversed through the town amidst crowds of followers and activists. Vivekanandaâ€™s wife, YS Soubaghya, his daughter, YS Sunitha, Jaganâ€™s mother YS Vijayamma, Jaganâ€™s sister YS Sharmila and former MP YS Avinash Reddy all took part, along with Jagan.
AP police confirmed on Friday that Vivekananda had been murdered. Initial reports that suggested he had succumbed to a severe cardiac arrest, but Vivekanandaâ€™s personal assistant MV Krishna Reddy raised suspicions that the former minister had been murdered as blood stains were found in the room and injury marks on Vivekanandaâ€™s body. Krishna Reddy said that he, the domestic help and the domestic helpâ€™s son had entered the house through a side door and found Vivekananda lying in a pool of blood near the toilet.
Police have registered a case under CrPC 174 (Investigation of Unnatural Death). A preliminary investigation suggests that Vivekananda was murdered between 11.30 pm on Thursday and 5.30 am on Friday, police said.
The case is presently under investigation by Special Investigation Team (SIT).
On Friday, Jagan accused Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu of plotting the murder of his uncle and demanded a CBI probe into the crime. Jagan also claimed that his uncle was not given the standard security that he required.
Naidu refuted the allegations and accused YS Vivekanandaâ€™s family of wiping out evidence.
Jagan meets Governor, demands CBI probe
On Saturday, Jagan met with the Governor ESL Narasimhan in an effort to have the case transferred to an independent agency. â€śWe have strongly demanded the CBI inquiry into the brutal murder of my uncle. Justice is possible only if the CBI takes up the case. How can we get justice if the inquiry is led by officers who report to Chandrababu Naidu and the people in his government?â€ť Jagan said.
He alleged that Additional DG, Intelligence AB Venkateswara Rao was under the influence of the state government, and accused the CM of using the Intelligence machinery for political gains instead of law and order. He has also alleged that the Additional DG was behind almost two-dozen MLA defections from YSRCP to the ruling TDP party. He has also requested Governor to remove A B Venkateswara Rao from election duty.
Jagan said his uncle had worked had to strengthen and campaign for the YSRCP in Jammalamadugu constituency. â€śWhere is the justice to kill him so brutally?â€ť
Referring to his allegation of CM Naiduâ€™s involvement in the murder, Jagan asked, "If you are not at fault, then why are you hesitating to give the case to CBI?"
He added that if his demands for a CBI probe were not met, they would take the matter to court.