Former Legislator Chengala Rao Sentenced For Life In Murder Case
Visakhapatnam: A former MLA, Chengala Venkat Rao, was sentenced to life by Anakapalli sessions court in a decade-old murder case. sixteen others were also sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment and five more persons were sentenced to two years imprisonment and a fine by the court. Three people died during the trial.
The verdict was in connection with the death of a person at Bangarappeta village in Nakkapalli mandal in 2007.
The incident occurred when villagers were protesting against setting up of BMC chemical factory in the area. Rao who was an MLA then went to visit a group of villagers and convince them to give up their protest.
In this context, a fiery argument ensued between those opposing and supporting, which led to clashes in which one person died and several people were injured.
A person named Gosala Konda died in the violence and also property destruction was also reported in the clash.
The fishermen, who were fighting against the project, filed a case against 25 people including Rao for inciting violence, under sections of the IPC that deal with rioting and murder.
Chengal Venkat Rao, who was a follower of actor and former CM of Andhra Pradesh NT Ramar Rao and a long time TDP member, resigned from the party in 2012 and joined YSR Congress.
After his win in 2004 elections from the Payakaraopet constituency, he lost twice in 2009 and 2014.
Rao, who is said to be emotional, was in the news in 2005 when he tried to commit suicide by jumping into Hussain Sagar after he failed to produce a film with a heavy budget and went into deep financial crisis. He was rescued by the police then.