18-10-201918-10-2019 11:00:30 IST
2019-10-18T05:30:30.261Z18-10-2019 2019-10-18T05:30:26.352Z - - 08-04-2020
East Godavari police have registered an FIR against Tuni MLA and government's chief whip Dadisetti Raja in connection with the brutal murder of the Andhrajyothi journalist, K Sathyanarayana.
Sathyanarayana, 45, was a reporter with Telugu daily Andhrayothi and was reportedly returning home from work when two assailants attacked him near his residence in Tuni's S Annavaram village on Monday.
The police booked the MLA after a complaint by the deceased journalist's family members, who alleged that the accused were backed by the legislator. A case of murder has been registered against five others, besides Raja.
"Raja had threatened in the presence of other reporters after the completion of counting in Assembly polls in May that he would see the end of Satyanarayana...Several people have made threatening calls to my brother saying that Raja was backing them," Satyanarayana's brother, Gopalakrishna, told the Times of India.
After investigating the crime scene and the injury, the police officials suspect that a heavyweight rod may have been used for the attack.
The slain journalist had on an earlier occasion filed a complaint with the local police over fear for his life. The investigation team is also looking into the past complaint.
District police officials also told TNM earlier that they were also looking into a past complaint filed by the deceased journalist, as he had earlier claimed there was a threat to his life. Satyanarayana had survived an attack a month ago and it was reported to the police. But they failed to give him protection.
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