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Astrologer shot at over family enmity in Hyderabad

Police said bike-borne criminals fired three rounds at Kurapati Nagaraju, three of which hit in the abdomen.

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The attack was reportedly a fallout of a bloody feud between two high-profile astrologer families of Pinkadimi village.

 

An astrologer, who is also a murder accused on the run, was shot at by two unidentified assailants outside his house in Hyderabad’s Saroornagar Wednesday afternoon. The attack was reportedly a fallout of a bloody feud between two high-profile astrologer families of Pinkadimi village, 65km from Vijayawada.

Police said the bike-borne criminals fired three rounds at Kurapati Nagaraju, three of which hit in the abdomen. He is battling for life at a private hospital. An effluent astrologer from Pinkadimi village, Nagaraju is prime accused in the murder of Butham Durga Rao, a hotel owner and brother of famous astrologers Butham Govindu and Butham Srinivas.

Durga Rao was hacked to death on April 6 last year near Vijayawada allegedly by a gang hired by Nagaraju under instructions from his uncle Gandham Nageshwara Rao, another famous astrologer of Pinakadami. Nagaraju was absconding and Vijayawada Police thought that he was hiding in Mumbai.

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To avenge their brother’s murder, Govindu and Srinivas allegedly hired a Delhi-based gang to eliminate members of the Gandham family. On September 24 last year, hired assassins shot dead Gandham Nageshwara Rao, his son G Maraiah and nephew P Maraiah, while they were travelling in a car for a court hearing, on the highway on Vijayawada outskirts.

The gang was arrested from Delhi a week later. Police said the attack was financed by Govindu, a multi-millionaire astrologist now living in London, and Srinivas. They added Govindu was apparently disappointed that Nagaraju was not in the car and vowed to track him down. Sources said a hired gang had conducted recce in Mumbai and Hyderabad for several months and found him living in a colony in Saroornagar under a false identity.