Grudge, fear led to murder of serial killer

Grudge, fear led to murder of serial killer
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Grudge and fear led to the murder of serial killer Metta Shankara Rao, said Superintendent of Police J Brahma Reddy. He produced the seven accused before the media here on Wednesday. The arrested were identified as Boddepalli Prakash Rao, Seepana Janardhana Rao, Karukola Dharma Rao, Pyla Appala Naidu, Chinthada Appala Naidu, Voota Krishna and car driver Sagi Naga Satya Neeladri Varma.

Srikakulam: Grudge and fear led to the murder of serial killer Metta Shankara Rao, said Superintendent of Police J Brahma Reddy. He produced the seven accused before the media here on Wednesday. The arrested were identified as Boddepalli Prakash Rao, Seepana Janardhana Rao, Karukola Dharma Rao, Pyla Appala Naidu, Chinthada Appala Naidu, Voota Krishna and car driver Sagi Naga Satya Neeladri Varma.

The Superintendent of Police said Shankara Rao, a native of Mettapeta village in Jalumuru mandal was an army jawan and was convicted for seven years imprisonment for killing of his wife in 2005 subsequently Shankara Rao bore grudge against persons of his native village who gave evidence against him before court and killed five persons, including his two children on 30 November in 2010.

In the serial killing, death penalty was awarded to Shankara Rao in April 2012 by the Sessions Court at Srikakulam but in appeal High Court reversed the judgment. Later, Shankara Rao went to unknown place and finally joined a private company at Bobbili in Vizianagaram district.

The accused, who were harassed by Shankara Rao, hatched a plan to eliminate him and abducted the latter at Bobbili on May 12 and hit him with an iron rod and later strangulated him with a cotton rope and took the body by engaging a car and put the dumped the body into the Vamsadhara River between Sumanthapuram and Dabbapadu villages under Sarubujjili police station limits, the Superintendent of Police said.

Srikakulam DSP K Bhargavrao Naidu, Amudalavalasa CI D Naveen Kumar and Sarubujjili SI B Ashok Babu attended. Out of the seven accused, five had lost their family members due to Shankara Rao. Hence, they bore a grudge against Shankara Rao. For the last three months Shankara Rao had started coming to his native village Mettapeta and threatened to kill the remaining people. Fearing about Shankara Rao warnings, the accused hatched the plan and killed him, the Superintendent of Police elaborated.

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