25 May 2017
Former MLA from Payakraopeta, Chengala Venkata Rao was Wednesday sentenced to lifetime imprisonment by the Tenth Additional District Sessions Judge Mr. B.B. Nageswara Rao at Anakapalli.
This story has a history of 10 long years. All goes back to the year, 2007 when the ex-MLA participated in a violent clash at Bangarampalem village in October 2007. A police case was filed based on rioting and murdering against Venkata Rao and his group of people in connection with bloody clash where a fisherman died and eight other people were severely injured. During the month of October 2007, a small collision took place and turned into a bloody clash when Two groupls (One is Venkata rao’s group) were confronted when one supported the construction of beach sand mining unit and another group had opposed it.
On October 18, 2007, groups of people from Bangarampalem village in Nakkapalli mandal clashed with one supporting the establishment of a beach sand mining unit and another opposing it.
At that time, Congress party was in power, Venkata Rao was a TDP MLA who opposed the construction of the mining unit in Bangarampalem. On 18th of October, 2007, along with his followers, ex-MLA entered into the village and caused a violent clash. Soon, the scene turned into a violent fight which costed a fisherman’s life and injured several other people during the clash. During the clash, several vehicles, private and public properties also destroyed.
The case was investigated by the inspector of police, Rajendra Kumar and under the justification of the public prosecutor, KP Naidu.
There were total 24 members accused, among which 3 men and 3 women were dead during these 10 year trail. 6 of the group members including Venkata Rao will have a One year rigorous imprisonment with a lifetime sentence. According to the sources, Venkata Rao is planning to challenge the verdict in the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Venkata Rao is also famous for his unpredictable behavior. He has a history of filing a case on SS Rajamouli’s father, Vijayendra Prasad on a check bouncing incident which was not proved. He also once made suicide attempt by jumping into Hussain Sagar when the movie, Narasimha Naidu (Balakrishna) was flopped. During the time of Bagarampalem incident, he was an MLA from TDP but later shifted to YSRCP party. Now his fate depends upon the supreme court’s mercy in case he challenges the high court’s verdict.