Cops make a U-turn, say attack on YSR Congress chief was a bid to kill him

Hyderabad: In a U-turn of sorts, the Visakhapatnam Police in its remand report to a local court said that the knife attack on YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was an attempt to murder him.

The report, however, contradicts the police’s earlier statement which claimed that J. Srinivas Rao, a restaurant employee, had done it for publicity. Reddy was attacked on 25 December at the Visakhapatnam airport’s VIP lounge.

After the details of the report was made public on Sunday, YSR Congress members alleged that the Telugu Desam Party-run state government was trying to establish that it was a publicity stunt by Reddy’s party. They also said that party representatives will meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to apprise him of the incident.

The police report submitted to the 7th Additional Metropolitan Magistrate on 26 October said, “the accused had attacked the opposition leader with a knife to do away with his life…”, adding that if the knife struck Reddy’s neck, he would have died.