Hyderabad: Eleven persons, including the brother of an MLA, were arrested at Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in connection with the killing of T Konda Reddy, an accused in the murder of TDP legislator Paritala Ravindra, police said on Tuesday. Balaji, brother of TDP MLA from Penukonda constituency Paritala Sunitha (widow of Ravindra), along with 11 others were arrested for the murder of Konda Reddy, who was shot dead in his house in Anantapur on the evening of February 22, Anantapur OSD Kola Krishna said over phone.
Reddy, who was accused No 13 in Ravindra murder case, was a Congress leader and former mandal president of Kangaganapalle town.
Reddy was arrested in Ravindra murder case in 2005 and was released on bail in February 2009. He had survived three attempts on his life earlier.
Balaji, Vinay Kumar alias Vijay, Chandra, Ramaji Naidu, Vinod, Nagendra and Ramakrishna have been accused of conspiring Reddy's murder while the four others were arrested on charge of giving shelter and providing vehicles to the accused, Krishna said.
"All the eleven persons were apprehended from different parts of Anantapur district. During interrogation Vijay confessed to firing at Konda Reddy," the official said, adding the motive behind the murder was rivalry and area domination in the faction-hit Anantapur district in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.
Police also seized one .38 revolver, one pistol, one 12 boregun and few sickles from the accused besides Rs 1.54 lakh in cash and all of them have been sent to judicial remand, Krishna said.
Earlier, on January 3, G Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri, who was the prime accused in Ravindra murder case, was shot dead by gunmen at Yousufguda area here.
Hyderabad Police had arrested four persons in connection with his killing even as the main suspect and his one-time aide, Bhanu Kiran, continues to remain at large.
Paritala Ravindra, the TDP legislator from Penukonda, was gunned down by Suri's followers in January 2005 and a charge sheet was filed against 16 persons.