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SIT to probe Vivekananda Reddy's death

IANS  |  Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh) 

Police on Friday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the death of and former state Reddy, who was found dead at his home in district under suspicious circumstances.

Vivekananda (68), also a former member, was suspected to have died of at his residence in Pulivendula town early on Friday.

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 took up investigations.

Vivekananda was younger brother of former Chief Y.S. Rajasekhara and uncle of

He is survived by his wife and a daughter.

district Superintendent of Police announced the formation of a SIT headed by of Police Lakshminarayana.

Sharma said services of forensic experts were being used for the investigation. The investigators gathered clues from the scene with the help of the Clues Team and dog squad.

On a complaint by Vivekananda Reddy's Krishna Reddy, a case was registered at station. The body was shifted for autopsy at a local government hospital.

The former MP, who was alone at his house, was found dead in a pool of blood in the bathroom when along with the housemaid entered the house from the rear door after there was no response to the knocks on the main door.

The said Vivekananda Reddy had As the rear door was open, the family suspected foul play.

Leaders of expressed doubts over the cause of death and demanded a thorough probe. They said he was fine till Thursday and had participated in the election campaigning.

said the party was demanding an impartial probe to find out if it was natural death or accidental death or there was some other cause.

Vivekananda Reddy was elected from constituency on a Congress party ticket in 1999 and 2004. He was twice elected to the Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula, a family stronghold.

He was also elected to the in 2009 and served as agriculture in the Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.

He remained loyal to the Congress when Jaganmohan Reddy raised a banner of revolt against the party for not picking him as the successor of his father and following his death in a helicopter crash in 2009.

had alleged that Congress tried to engineer a split in the family by making Vivekananda a minister. The young subsequently floated the

Vivekananda Reddy contested 2011 by-election to Pulivendula constituency against his sister-in-law and Jagan's mother Y.S. Vijayamma, who contested as the YSR Congress candidate and won the seat with a huge majority.

Vivekananda later quit Congress party and joined YSR Congress. He lost the elections to the Legislative Council in 2017.



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:46 IST