The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Andhra Pradesh police which is investigating the murder of senior politician Y S Vivekananda Reddy visited his residence in Pulivendula town in Kadapa district on Saturday and also reportedly took four people into custody for questioning. This included Reddy's household staff, personal assistant Krishna Reddy, and driver Prasad.
The officers from the SIT visited the premises and carried out an inspection inside and around the house of the ex-Kadapa MP. They also collected CCTV footage from the area around the house. However, they refused to comment when the media gathered at the spot posed questions and said that they would hold a press conference on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a blooded letter reportedly found by authorities investigating the case has also triggered a fresh row. The letter, purportedly written by Vivekananda before his death, said that the driver had beaten him, and suggested that the murder was an 'inside job'. However, the YSRCP has accused the SIT of 'planting' the letter with party leader Y S Avinash Reddy telling reporters that he found no such thing, even though he was one of the first people to reach the spot.
Vivekananda Reddy, the uncle of YSRCP chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, was buried on Saturday at a funeral in Pulivendula amid tight security.
Initially, the family members said he died of cardiac arrest. However, on a complaint by his personal assistant, the police registered a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and began investigation.
Less than a month before the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the state, the murder has triggered a huge row between the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the opposition YSRCP.
While the opposition blamed Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for the murder and demanded an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the TDP alleged that some family members tried to wipe out the evidence from the crime scene before lodging a complaint with the police.
Vivekananda Reddy was elected from Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency on a Congress ticket in 1999 and 2004. He was twice elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula, a family stronghold. He is the brother of former Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy.