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The News Minute | October 13, 2014 | 11.19 pm IST The story of two families in a village in Andhra Pradesh is probably more real and more mind-boggling than any film you might watch on blood feuds. It has caste, astrology, power, money, marriage gone wrong. An Indian Express report traces the fortunes – pun intended – of the Butham and Gandham families of Pinkadimi village in West Godavari district. The village is home to the Jangalu community, which has traditionally made a living by fortune-telling and consulting on astrology. The Indian Express reports: “As the land rates in several areas of West Godavari and Krishna districts including Vijayawada, 65 km from Pinkadimi, went up to Rs 1 crore per acre, among those who benefited the most were the Butham and Gandam families. Now, the two find themselves at the centre of a blood feud that has a trail going all the way to London and Delhi, and has left four dead and seven behind bars, with more arrests likely.” So how did these families end up this way?  According to the Indian Express report: “Investigators trace the feud to a tussle for dominance in local politics, made worse by a matrimonial alliance that the families agreed to only after much persuasion, but that eventually went wrong.” There is a touch of irony here, according the report: “A police officer laughs at the irony of the situation. “If you look at the clients of these families and the kind of money they make, they must be predicting fortunes right most of the times. However, they could not see their own deaths coming in such a violent way.”” Read the full story at The Indian Express.

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