Ex-minister held for kidnapping former participant

Hyderabad, January 6

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

Hyderabad Commissioner of Police 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 wore formal clothes 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 farmhouse in a remote area, but once the police started looking for the national player, the ‘raiding party” left all three Rao brothers — Parveen, Sunil and Naveen at Narsingi. One of the persons accompanying the “I-T raiding team” had a fake search warrant and an identity card, Kumar said. — TNS

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