Following the death of Chittoor Mayor and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) party leader Katari Anuradha and her husband Katari Mohan in an assasination on Tuesday, the district police in Andhra Pradesh have formed four special teams to nab the prime suspect.
K Chandrasekhar alias Chintu, who is Mohan's nephew has been accused to be behind the killing and a property dispute is said to be reason behind the murderous assault. The police have identified five persons who had participated in the attack, a Times of India report adds.
The incident occurred at the Chittoor Muncipal Corporation office on Tuesday morning after burqa clad men attacked the couple, leaving the mayor and her husband dead.
According to The Hindu:
Four members of the gang, three of them clad in black burqas, barged into the chamber despite the attendant at the door objecting to their entry. Two other assailants were waiting on the corporation office balcony. On entering the chamber, they stabbed Katari Mohan (sitting besides his wife) with a knife in the neck and stomach. When he ran into the adjoining council room, they fired at him, hitting him in the stomach. Later, the assailants attacked Anuradha. One of them shot her twice in the head and knifed her in the stomach.
Addressing the media, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu said “We will not leave the culprits however influential they are. Some of the attackers are still at large. The police will catch them soon."
The police questioned two of the accused who had surrendered soon after the killing on Tuesday while Chittoor town observed a bandh in protest against the murder.