Ex-Andhra Pradesh minister held for kidnapping former hockey participant

Naveen S Garewal

Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, January 6

The Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested former Andhra Pradesh minister Bhuma Akhila Priya on charges of kidnapping a former national hockey player Parveen Rao and his two brothers following a dispute over a piece of land worth Rs 200 crore in the city’s Hafeezpet area.

Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Anjani Kumar said 10 to 15 persons arrived at Rao’s house in Bowenpally around 8 pm on Tuesday posing as officials of the Income Tax Department. The men were dressed in formal wear and had identity cards. The three brothers were subjected to interrogation before being taken away.

They abducted Rao and his brothers and took them to a remote farmhouse, but once the police started looking for the national player, the “raiding party” left the three Rao brothers – Parveen, Sunil and Naveen – at Narsingi.

One of the persons accompanying the “IT raiding team” was wearing police uniform and had a fake search warrant and an identity card, Kumar said. 

After the raiding party left, the relatives played the CCTV footage which showed that the brothers were taken away in three separate vehicles. Finding the activity to be suspicious the family immediately alerted the police.

The Commissioner said that 15 police teams were sent in various directions to trace the brothers and Telangana Police were also contacted. 

The vehicles in which the three brothers were taken away were identified and since there was a large deployment of police on the highways, the abductors released the siblings at Narsingi around 3.30 am before fleeing. However, they were traced by the police from the tower locations of their mobile phones. 

After the Hyderabad Police unfolded the drama, the former Andhra Pradesh Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya was arrested from her residence in the Kukatpally area of the city. Efforts were on to nab the others involved in the case.

As per the preliminary investigation, Bhuma Akhila Priya planned the conspiracy with her husband Bhargav Rao and some others.

She is a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) member and was a minister in the N Chandrababu Naidu cabinet. 

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