The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Friday suspended Vanama Raghavendra Rao, accused of abetting the suicide of a businessman and three members of his family in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district. Party sources gave this information.
Party sources said that following instructions from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, TRS chief, the party leadership suspended Kothagudem TRS MLA Vanama Raghavendra Rao, son of Vanama Venkateswara Rao, in view of the allegations against him. He said the suspension orders would be implemented with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, extensive searches are underway to nab the absconding MLA’s son, police said on Thursday as protests by various opposition parties demanding the immediate arrest of the MLA’s son continue.
A senior police officer said that eight teams were formed and they were conducting an extensive search for Vanma Raghavendra Rao and added that they are tracing her location and she will be taken into custody soon.
Efforts are on and police cooperation is being sought from other districts as well and police teams are looking for Vanma Raghavendra Rao in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and other places, the official said. The officer further said that his statement will also be recorded in respect of other cases registered against him earlier.
Ramakrishna, a 43-year-old businessman, allegedly committed suicide along with his wife and twin daughters in Paloncha town on January 3.
In a purported selfie video that went viral on social media on Thursday, the victim accused the MLA’s son of making derogatory remarks about his wife and motivating her to take the extreme step. Earlier, Vanama Raghavendra Rao had denied the allegations against him.
Police said they have submitted the selfie video to a local court. Earlier, in an purported suicide note left by her, the victim had accused the MLA’s son of taking the extreme step. The note also mentions the names of the deceased’s mother and elder sister, with whom he had a property dispute.
The police had registered a case against the trio under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code. Vanama Raghavendra Rao had absconded after an FIR was registered against him. Condemning the incident, several political parties including Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee, BJP and Left parties have demanded strict action against the accused.
The opposition parties, who protested on Thursday, again raised slogans and took out rallies on Friday as part of a bandh call demanding the arrest of Vanama Raghavendra Rao. At some places, shops remained closed.
The protesters also demanded that the rowdy chadar should be opened against the absconding accused.
Expressing deep concern over the incident, the ruling party legislator said in an open letter that he and his family would cooperate with the police and judiciary in the matter of Ramakrishna’s suicide and other incidents allegedly related to his son.