An unidentified person allegedly tried to kidnap Aurobindo Pharma’s vice-chairman K Nityananda Reddy on Wednesday morning near Kasu Brahmananda Reddy park while he was returning from his morning walk.
Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy said Nityananda had got into his vehicle and was putting on his seat belt when an unidentified person opened the rear door and forcibly got in. Nityananda told Banjara Hills police that the man took out a rifle from a bag, pointed it at him and asked him to drive.
“Nityananda said he thought he was being kidnapped. He tried to grab the AK-47 rifle and in the scuffle eight rounds were fired from it. Three bullets went through the windshield while rest went through the roof of the car. Hearing the noise, Nityananda’s brother Prasad, who was nearby, came to his rescue and tried to catch the man, but he bit his hand and fled across the road, leaving behind the rifle,’’ Banjara Hills inspector Murli Krishna said. He added that no one was injured in the incident.
Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy said the AK 47 belonged to the anti-Naxal Greyhounds force and was reportedly stolen last year from a camp in Gandipet near Hyderabad, following which a complaint was registered at the Narsingi police station.
The park, opposite the TDP Bhavan, is a favourite morning walk venue for high-profile people. Film stars and politicians, including former Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, visit the park daily.