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PTI Hyderabad
Updated: 27-11-2018 12:59 IST

Congress candidate for Gajwel

assembly constituency, Vanteru Pratap Reddy allegedly made a

futile self-immolation bid after a search was conducted at his

house in Kompally here following a complaint that cash meant

for distribution to voters was hidden there, police said


A flying squad comprising election officials reached

Reddy's house late Monday night along with police, but he and

his supporters prevented themfrom discharging their duty

leading to some tense moments.

During the search, Reddy immediately doused himself with

petrol and tried to set himself on fire, but the police

thwarted the bid, they said.

"Reddy along with his supporters misbehaved with the

officials on duty and also with police," Deputy Commissioner

of Police (Balanagar Zone) P V Padmaja told PTI adding nothing

was found during the search.

The official said a case of attempted suicide,

obstructing public servant in the discharge ofduty and other

charges under relevant IPC sections were registered against

Reddy and his supporters.

On Sunday evening, Reddy had held a sit-in protest at the

office of the Election Returning Officer in Gajwel, the

constituency represented by caretaker Chief Minister K

Chandrasekhar Rao, even as police evicted him.

He had alleged that his phones were being tapped and that

his supporters were being harassed.

Telangana assembly elections are scheduled to be held on

December 7.

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