Tension prevailed at politician Vanteru Pratap Reddy’s home in Hyderabad after he allegedly attempted suicide after a police raid at his residence.
Mr Reddy is contesting the ensuing Telangana polls from Gajwel constituency on a People’s Front assembly ticket.
Senior police officer PV Padmaja told news agency ANI, “Quthbullapur flying squad asked for the assistance of Petbasheerabad police to conduct checking at the residence of Vanteru Pratap Reddy in Alwal area after receiving complaint that some illegal activity of distributing money and liquor is going on. A checking was also conducted”.
“Pratap Reddy along with his supporters came and started misbehaving with officials and Pratap Reddy poured petrol on himself and tried to attempt suicide and created drama,” he said.
“There was nothing found and seized from his residence. If flying squad lodges a complaint action will be initiated on the persons for misbehaving and abusing the officials. Further inquiry is underway,” he added.
Mr Reddy, however, alleged that the police barged into his residence and tried to kill him by setting him ablaze.
Security has been beefed up in the state of Telangana for assembly elections. Election Commission has directed law enforcement agencies to maintain a strict vigil on all illegal activities.
The Telangana Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on December 7 to elect representatives of 119 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.