HYDERABAD:The Metropolitan Sessions court here on Thursday convicted a former Greyhounds constable and awarded him life imprisonment in the kidnap attempt of well known industrialist K Nityanand Reddy near KBR Park a year ago. The constable was convicted of committing theft of an AK 47 weapon and trying to kidnap the businessman for ransom.
Banjara Hills police, who investigated the case collected vital clues and submitted to the court. Test of identification parade was also conducted and a chargesheet filed within 90 days. A total of 38 witnesses were examined including documents and FSL reports.
The accused was 38-year Puli Obulesu, a police constable (No 652) attached with CPL Amberpet. He is a resident of Narsingi in Rangareddy district.
Obulesu made an attempt to kidnap Nityananda Reddy, who was returning from his morning walk near KBR Park in Banjara Hills on November 19 last year. Obulesu allegedly sneaked into the car of Nityananda Reddy which was parked at the KBR Park and threatened him with AK-47.
But an alert Nityananda Reddy and his brother Prasad Reddy retaliated and a scuffle broke out between them. In the melee, Obulesu opened fire but the bullets missed the victim and hit the window panes of the car. Obulesu managed to escape from the scene by leaving the weapon there.
Banjara Hills police nabbed Obulesu within 24 hours and the accused confessed doing a similar type of crime where he kidnapped Kaki Sirish and extorted Rs 10 lakh from him in Feb 2014.
The accused stole AK 47 from Greyhounds Unit in December 2013 and concealed the weapon in deep forests near Nandyal.
At the time of both the offences, Obulesu brought the weapon from the forest and committed the offences. ‘’The accused is expert in handling the weapon and indiscriminately fired around 20 bullets near KBR park in order to kidnap Nityananda Reddy,’’ said DCP A Venkateswar Rao.
The accused joined as a constable in the AP Special Police in 1998 in Kurnool district, later got attached to the Greyhounds in 2002 and worked in the force till 2012. Later, he was repatriated to the Central Police Lines, Amberpet and in March, 2014, was taken into the excise department on deputation.