On April 16, a real estate agent and his mother from Ramayampet town in Medak district of Telangana allegedly set themselves on fire in a pavilion in Kamareddy town. An alleged suicide note and audio and video messages blamed Telangana Chief Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Ramayampet Municipal Chairman P. Jithendar Goud, his followers and a retired police inspector for their deaths.
In a selfie video message posted on Facebook and a six-page note, the real estate agent, Gangam Santosh (40), and his mother, Padma (65), alleged that Jithendar Goud, the chairman of the market committee of Ramayampet, Sarab Yadagiri, and others including Prudhvi Goud, T. Kiran, K. Krishna Goud, Sarab Swaraj and Inspector T. Nagarjuna Goud had been harassing them for a year and a half.
In the memo, Santosh alleges that Jithendar Goud demanded a 50% share of the company’s profits and, in addition, threatened to disclose certain personal content that Jithendar Goud accessed from Santosh’s cell phone. Santosh can be heard in the video pleading that justice should at least be served after his death and that of his mother.
As the opposition sought political profit from the incident, the government on April 17 appointed Jaipal Reddy, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Banswada Division, to investigate the matter. On April 18, Kamareddy District Police, with the assistance of Medak District Police, formed three special teams to investigate the case and arrest the accused.
Jithendar Goud of TRS was named as the number one accused in the First Information Report (FIR). Others named in the FIR are Sarab Yadagiri, Prudhvi Goud, T. Kiran, K. Krishna Goud, Sarab Swaraj and Nagarjuna Goud.
The incident comes shortly after a Karnataka contractor allegedly took his own life after accusing party leader Bharatiya Janata and the state’s Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, KS Eshwarappa, of asking for a commission for works road.