The Adilabad district police in Telangana filed a murder case on Monday against Jogu Premender, son of Telangana Forest and Environment Minister Jogu Ramanna, and nine other TRS workers.
The case was filed with regard to the death of a Congress worker, 35-year-old Katupalli Tirupati Reddy, under mysterious circumstances in Laxmipur village of Jainad mandal on January 7.
High tension prevailed in Reddy's village, as his family staged a 'rasta roko' and prevented the police from conducting a post-mortem of the body, demanding that an earlier case of 'missing person', be changed to 'murder'.
The protesters also alleged that the police had also booked a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, against Reddy and his family under 'political pressure' from the TRS minister and his aides.
Several Congress leaders and activists who also joined the protests, reportedly staged a dharna at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), carrying Reddy's body, and also damaging window panes of the mortuary.
Jogu Ramanna on his part claimed that this was a politically motivated case and the truth would come out during investigations.