Boat co owner claims innocence, gives himself up

 The licence holder of River Boating & Adventure Partners who was absconding for the last two days after the death of 22 persons in a boat capsize incident near Pavithra Sangamam surrendered

Published: 15th November 2017 01:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2017 07:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The licence holder of River Boating & Adventure Partners who was absconding for the last two days after the death of 22 persons in a boat capsize incident near Pavithra Sangamam surrendered before the police on Tuesday.    Sesham Moda Kondala Rao, who is reportedly being detained by the Commissioner’s Task Force (CTF), gave an interview to a vernacular news channel before his dramatic surrender. 

He claimed that he was a partner of the company only in name and that all the operations were being handled by certain “big fish”. He added that he joined the company only after Neelam Seshagiri Rao and Gedala Srinivasa Rao (two other accused in the case) offered him a share in profits. “Believing that the opportunity would help me come out of my financial burdens, I gave my nod to their proposal. They put my name in as I’m a local and will be available for them 24/7,” Kondala Rao said. However, speculation is rife that he has been friends with the other partners since childhood.

The CTF has begun quizzing Kondala Rao on the antecedents of the four other partners of the boat operator and the possible links  certain employees of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) share with the company.  

Kondala Rao, who runs a small firm that sells and markets solar-powered products in Vijayawada, said he still doesn’t know the names of most employees of the boating company. “I had incurred huge losses in my business. It was at that time they approached me. I’m not an important person in the company.”

Inside story Three
APTDC officials suspected to be involved 
License holder Kondala Rao, other partners allegedly childhood friends 
Kondala Rao runs firm selling, solar-powered products
G Srinu reportedly invested J15 lakh in the firm

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