Aurobindo Pharma vice-president Nityanand Reddy had a narrow escape when an assailant opened fire with an AK-47 rifle today morning at KBR park, a favourite place for morning walkers. Reddy came out of the park around 7:30 am and got into an Audi. He was putting on his seat belt when a man approached and forcibly got into rear seat, showed the gun and asked him to drive.
Police said the AK-47 belonged to the anti-Naxal Greyhounds force and was reported stolen last year from a camp in Gandipet near Hyderabad. When the assailant pulled out the gun from a bag, Reddy’s associate Prasad Reddy who was sitting in the front passenger seat turned around and tried to grab the gun. In the scuffle the gun went off, bullets hit the windshield and one grazed Nityanand Reddy.
Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy said eight rounds went off. “We think during the scuffle between the assailant and one occupant in the car, the gun went off accidentally. No one was seriously injured. Realising that things were out of his control the assailant dropped the car and got out. Prasad Reddy also got out and tried to grab him but he hit his hands and fled across the road and disappeared. The gun was reported stolen from a Greyhounds Police camp last year,” Mahender Reddy said.
KBR park, opposite the TDP Bhavan is a favourite place for high profile morning walkers. film stars, politicians including former CM Kiran Kumar Reddy go there daily.