TDP councillor murdered in AP

Rajahmundry: A TDP councillor of Kovvur Municipality in West Godavari district was today allegedly hacked to death by unidentified persons near Aurangabad village, around 10 kms from here, police said.

P Gopalakrishna (55), who represented Ward No. 16 of the municipality, died on the spot in the attack that took place near his native Aurangabad village around 2.30 pm.

“Gopalakrishna was returning to Aurangabad after attending a function in nearby Kovvur town. When he was about to reach his village, some unidentified persons attacked him with sharp-edged weapons, in which he died on the spot,” Kovvur Deputy Superintendent of Police Narra Venkateswara Rao said.

The area near Kovvur toll gate, where the crime took place, is isolated, the officer added.

A case has been registered in this regard. Police are probing the incident and search teams have been formed to nab the accused.

“The exact number of people involved in the attack and the motive are yet to be known,” Rao said, adding, “We suspect that previous enmity could be the reason behind the murder”.

Several political leaders reached the spot and expressed grief over the demise of Gopalakrishna. He is survived by wife and two children.