HYDERABAD: Police are still on the lookout for Bhanu Kiran, a close associate of dreaded warlord Gangula Suryanarayana Reddy alias Maddelachervu Suri, who is suspected to have shot the gangster-politician dead.
Police Tuesday denied reports in a section of media that Bhanu had been arrested or that he gave himself up. A police officer said they were still on the lookout for the killer.
Suri was shot dead in his car at Navodaya Colony in Yousufguda near Jubilee Hills Monday evening when he was returning home at Madhapur after meeting his lawyer. Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Mr AK Khan said they were verifying information given by driver as he is the only witness in the case. Bhanu is suspected to have killed Suri following differences over sharing of money in a property dispute. Suri, who was shuttling between Bangalore and Hyderabad, was allegedly involved in property dealings.
Some of Suri’s relatives, however, alleged that his rival gangs bought over Bhanu to kill him. They suspect the involvement of Ravi’s followers. The factional feud between Suri and Ravi had recently attracted national attention after Ram Gopal Varma made the multi-lingual movie ‘Rakta Charitra’ on the four-decade long rivalry between the two families.
Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts at government-run Osmania Hospital conducted a video-recorded autopsy on Suri’s body, hospital sources said. The body was brought to Osmania Monday night from Apollo Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors after their two-hour long efforts to revive him proved futile. Suri, 39, was the key accused in the 2005 murder of former Andhra Pradesh minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Paritala Ravi and also in the 1997 Jubliee Hills car bomb blast, which had killed 26 people. Suri, a Congress supporter, was sentenced to life in the car bomb blast case but was released in December 2009 after spending 13 years in prison as the government had granted him remission.