Days after ‘misfire’ row, ex-MLA surrenders guns

Cops say they didn’t find empty shells of bullets, no complaint filed.

Published: 07th January 2017 05:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th January 2017 05:24 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The Gudivada police are yet to initiate action against TDP leader and former MLA Raavi Venkateswara Rao, who allegedly fired two rounds in the air at the Gudivada Club in Gudivada of Krishna district on Thursday. 

No complaint has been filed against him and the police affirmed that they found no evidence against the ruling party MLA.Interestingly, the officials gave contradictory versions over the incident even as the TDP leader admitted that his gun got misfired during a ceremony being held at the club. 

Speaking to Express, Gudivada DSP YVPTA Prasad said that Venkateswara Rao admitted that his gun got misfired during the function and voluntarily surrendered three weapons in his possession to the Gudivada police, promising cooperation in the investigation.

In sharp contrast, Gudivada circle inspector V Durga Rao told Express that though they have received information about the gunfire but did not file any case as they neither received any complaint nor found any evidence against Venkateswara Rao. 

He could not confirm whether Rao’s gun fired at the club or not. Further, he refused to divulge information about the origin of the gunfire sounds and also whether the police have checked the ammunition in possession of Venkateswara Rao was  intact. 

He said that they did not even find empty shells of the bullets allegedly fired during the ceremony.
According to police sources, though the TDP leader admitted to have misfired the gun, it is raising eyebrows how can it happen twice. 

“How can the second shot also be a misfire?” the source said.
 Eyewitnesses at the club said that Rao was in an inebriated condition on Thursday and was trying to display the genuineness of his revolver to an aide, when the incident occurred.

Speaking to the reporters at Gudivada on Friday, Rao said that he was on his way to surrender his revolver to the Gudivada DSP on Thursday night as the licence of the weapon expired on December 31, 2016. 
He had also surrendered two more weapons including a revolver belonging to his father and a double barrel gun.


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