VIJAYAWADA: The otherwise sleepy village of Pinakadimi in Pedavegi mandal of West Godavari district, presented a grim spectacle Friday. Police pickets were arranged in the village under the supervision of Vijayawada DCP Tafseer Iqbal, after the shootout at Peda Avutapalli in Krishna district.
The police conducted extensive inspections throughout the day. Several people were questioned and various documents, cell phones, weapons and other articles were seized by the police in the inspections. Though the police did not confirm it, money, gold and other valuables were seized in huge quantities from the village which is home to about 300 Jangam families who made a fortune by practising astrology. Further action will be taken by police after analysing all the evidences available in the village and other places.
About 15 suspects have been taken into custody from Pinakadimi and Eluru. It was found that about six local people were involved in in the killings. Efforts are being made to identify other suspects and hired killers involved in the killings, said Vijayawada commissioner of police AB Venkateswara Rao.
Meanwhile, post-mortem was conducted on the bodies of three deceased - Gandham Nageswara Rao, Gandham Maraiah and G Pagidi Maraiah - at the Government General Hospital, Vijayawada. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their relatives.