HYDERABAD: A day after the Cyberabad police had registered criminal cases against two young leaders of the Congress for entering into fisticuffs at a wedding, the police recorded the statements of former MLA P Vishnuvardhan Reddy and Kalvakurthy MLA Challa Vamsichand Reddy on Saturday.
After examining the CCTV footage that was retrieved from N Convention Centre where the clash took place, police came to the conclusion that it was Vishnuvardhan Reddy who had assaulted Vamsichand Reddy first. The CCTV footage clearly showed that the mob attacked Vamsichand Reddy.
Police are busy identifying members of the mob which gathered in support of Vishnuvardhan Reddy by examining the CCTV footage. They collected details of guests who attended the marriage and were eyewitnesses to the ugly clash. A senior police officer told Express that they would not hesitate to take action against any person involved in the incident. “We will act as per law and will enforce law by taking action,” a police officer said.
It is learnt that a senior Congress leader in the city called up a senior police officer and told him that it was a minor issue within a family (Congress) and that they would settle it amicably. He pleaded that no stern police action be taken.
Vishnuvardhan, who had alleged the day before that he had been assaulted, changed tack and said on Saturday that when Vamsichand Reddy chided him, he slapped him. He did it to protect his friends and family members after Vamsichand’s gunman whipped out a revolver from his pocket.