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Drama at TRS rally as man attempts to set afire MP

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

High drama prevailed when a man allegedly attempted and tried to set afire a at a rally Wednesday upset over denial of party ticket to his for the assembly polls, resulting in to 16 people, including himself, police said.

member Balka Suman, however, was shielded by other party workers and escorted to safety when the disgruntled man, after dousing himself with petrol, allegedly attempted to pour it on the MP, a senior police said.

The man identified as R Gattaiah and 15 others were injured when the petrol spilled onto a lamp at the rally venue in Mancherial district, triggering a fire, the said.

A and two women were among those injured.

"Gattaiah suffered over 60 per cent while others suffered simple in the incident. All of them have been admitted to different hospitals," the police told

Suman who has been nominated by the TRS to contest from Chennur in the upcoming assembly elections, alleged it was an attempt on his life by a follower of sitting Chennur MLA as he had been "denied" ticket.

Odelu, a former government whip, had locked himself up in his house on Tuesday for several hours along with his family members demanding that he be renominated from the constituency by the party.

Later addressing party workers, Suman said "KCR (K Chandrasekhar Rao) announced my name for Chennur seat. When someone tried to throw matchstick on me, my supporters, party workers and gumen saved me. I want to tell those attempting on my life to stop all this 'drama."

He said he would definitely contest from Chennur as a TRS candidate adding "it is not my decision but it is the decision of KCR.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 20:15 IST