Farmer killed over land dispute in Warangal

WARANGAL: Dispute over an agricultural land has led to the murder of a farmer in Tallaookallu village in Warangal’s Maripeda mandal late on Tuesday. An uneasy calm prevailed in the village on Wednesday even as police took 15 persons into custody for questioning in connection with the killing of Nandarapu Ramanna, who was axed to death outside his house. He was 40.

It was learnt that Ramanna was attacked by his close relatives who fled the spot after committing the crime. Locals, who spotted Ramanna lying in a pool of blood, informed the cops.

Sources said Ramanna, who was a TDP sympathizer, was involved in a running feud over a piece of farmland with his relatives, who are associated with the Congress. Now, with news of the incident spreading, TDP has decried it as a political murder. Party politburo member and former minister Kadiyam Srihari, Palakurthy MLA Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Dornakal MLA Satyawati Rathod and former MLA Vem Narender Reddy took part in Ramanna’s funeral procession in Tallaookallu.

But there was drama in the village with family members of the deceased staging a dharna with his body demanding arrest of the attackers and payment of compensation.

Dayakar Rao demanded suspension of local SI Abdul Rahman for failing to round up the killers. With the situation remaining tense, Mahabubabad deputy SP A Ramadevi visited the village and said a police picket has been put up to avoid any untoward incidents.