Last updated: Nov 17, 2022, 12:50 PM IST
A leader of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh was injured on Thursday when an unidentified person posing as an alms seeker attacked him with a knife.
The incident took place in Tuni in Kakinada district on Thursday. P Sheshagiri Rao suffered serious injuries to his head and hands.
The attacker posing as an alms seeker attacked him while he was receiving alms from his hands in front of his house. The attack was captured on CCTV.
The attacker, wearing swami mala and a saffron scarf, is suddenly seen pulling out a knife and attacking Rao while taking alms from his hands. He kept stabbing the TDP leader until it collapsed to the ground. When Rao’s relatives ran out upon hearing his screams, the attacker escaped on a motorbike.
The TDP leader was admitted to a company hospital in Tuni. TDP leaders and former ministers Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and Chinna Rajappa visited the hospital and called Rao.
The TDP has blamed supporters of Roads and Buildings Minister Dadisetti Raja for the attack on Sheshagiri Rao.
The president of TDP’s Andhra Pradesh unit, K. Atchannaidu, condemned the attempt on Rao’s life.
He said ministers and MLAs followed in the footsteps of Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. The TDP leader stated that Sheshagiri Rao was attacked for standing up to “repression” and “injustices” by the YSRCP.
Atchannaidu said his party would continue to fight until all those who carried out the attempted murder and those behind it are charged.
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