In an incident that triggered chaos outside a food court in Hyderabad's Himayatnagar area on Sunday, a man pulled out a gun in public after a heated confrontation with two people.
It is reported that Ananda Rao, Deepak and Murthy met at a food court at around 6 pm in Himayatnagar to discuss a land dispute involving around 3,000 square yard land that they owned along with another partner, Srinivas Reddy.
Murthy, who had worked as personal secretary (PS) of former AP minister Dharmana Prasada Rao, was not involved in the land dispute but came to settle the dispute.
Earlier in 2008, they purchased 3,000 square yards of land worth Rs 1.3 crore together at Shaikpet. The cost of the land now exceeds Rs 20 crore, The New Indian Express reported.
"The three persons wanted sell the land but they could not do as disputes cropped up between them. To settle the issue, Ananda Rao, Deepak Rao and Murthy, who is a person known to Deepak, came for discussions to settle the issue. A scuffle broke out and Deepak, who had a weapon, allegedly intimidated the others. Ananda Rao tried to snatch the weapon," DCP V B Kamalasan Reddy told the newspaper.
Footage that emerged shows Ananda trying to snatch Deepakās revolver and raise an alarm that Deepak was trying to kill him with a weapon. The incident created panic in the food court.
Two separate cases have been registered, including one under the Arms Act, against Deepak and Ananda Rao, the DCP added.
Earlier this year, a 47-year-old advocate was murdered over the sale of land. It was reported that the land belonged to the victim's father who was allocated 5 acres of land by the government at Chennapuram, but sold it without consulting his son.
Here is a video of the incident.