The murder of hired assassin Moddu Srinu alias J. Srinivasa Reddy, prime accused in the killing of Telugu Desam Party leader Paritala Ravi, in the Anantapur jail barracks by M. Om Prakash, a co-prisoner, on Sunday, has kicked off a huge political row.
Om Prakash, who is facing an earlier triple murder charge, is a dacoit-turned tantric and a jail mate of Moddu Srinu. According to the police, a petty quarrel over switching off the light in the cell prompted Om Prakash to kill Srinu.
The jail wardens, Mr Mallikarjuna and Mr Va-santha Kumar, who were on duty on Saturday, have been suspended for dereliction of duty.
The department of Jails ordered for a thorough inquiry into the incident.
Meanwhile, the followers of Paritala Ravi burst crackers as the news of the murder spread. It has now come to light that the wife of the murder-accused Om Prakash contested the Madanapalle Municipal elections as a TDP candidate. It is said that she got the ticket through Kaluva Srinivasula Reddy TDP MLA.
The TDP and the Congress are accusing each other of being responsible for the murder of Moddu Srinu.