Kollu Ravindra, a member of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and former Cabinet minister of Andhra Pradesh was arrested on the 3rd of July.
The TDP leader was arrested in the late evening of the 3rd of July in a murder case.
According to initial investigation, Kollu Ravindra was alleged of murdering M. Bhaskar, a Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP.)
M. Bhaskar, who was former Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Market Yard, was killed on the 29th of June 2020, by two unknown assailants.
The incident took place at Machilipatnam area in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. It is alleged that the YSRCP leader M Bhaskar Rao was stabbed with a cyanide-laced knife which led to his immediate death. The Andhra Pradesh police launched an investigation and arrested three accused in the murder case.
Later, during investigation, M. Bhaskar Rao’s family alleged Kollu Ravindra’s to be dictator of the murder.
Mr. Rao’s family alleged Ravindra of that arassing and victimising their family members intentionally.
In regard to this, the Andhra Pradesh police arrested Kollu Ravindra for interrogation.
Meanwhile, TDP leaders and Chandrababu Naidu, the President of the TDP, condemned the arrest of Mr. Kollu and criticised the YSRCP Government for harassing TDP leaders.
Mr. Naidu said, “Arresting him without even preliminary investigation is an act of vendetta politics by the YSRCP and (is) worst than (an) emergency.”
Mr. Naidu said, “It was unprecedented that so many leaders are being put in jail like this. The YSRCP has adopted a vengeful attitude towards (the) Backward Classes (BCs) with wrongful cases being filed against leaders Atchannaidu, Ayyannapatrudu, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, and Kollu Ravindra being the examples. Everyone must condemn these arrests that are being committed with an intent to take revenge (sic.)”
Chandrababu Naidu even called Kollu Ravindra’s family and condemned the arrest and assured them moral support.
Nara Lokesh, the General Secretary of the TDP took to Twitter and criticised the YSRCP Government with #WeStandWithKolluRavindra.