Andhra police gun down criminal, family cries foul

October 5th, 2010 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Oct 5 (IANS) A notorious criminal was killed in a shootout with police in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district Tuesday, but his family alleges he was murdered in cold blood and claims it had earlier complained of a threat to his life from a top cop.

According to police, Adapa Venkanna was killed when a police team returned fire in self-defence near Pedapulipaka in Penamaluru mandal near Vijayawada in the coastal district.

The incident took place early Tuesday when policemen were checking vehicles and frisking people in the area as part of security arrangements for Chief Minister K. Rosaiah’s visit to Vijayawada.

A police officer said the police team stopped two people but one of them opened fire, forcing the cops to retaliate. “While one person managed to escape, the other was killed. He was later identified as notorious criminal Venkanna,” the official said.

Released recently from Cherlapally Jail near here, Venkanna had more than 60 criminal cases against him. Hailing from Rajahmundry in East Godavari district, he was residing at Mangalagiri in Guntur district.

However, Venkanna’s family members have alleged that police murdered him in cold blood. His wife Mahalakshmi claimed he had told her that he was going to Vijayawada for some “settlement” with a police official.

The family members said Venkanna had complained to the State Human Rights Commission that he was facing a threat to his life from Vijayawada Police Commissioner Seetharamanjaneyulu, who was earlier Guntur superintendent of police.

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