Amaravati (AP): YS Vivekananda Reddy, former minister and younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy, was Friday found dead at his residence in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, with family members alleging that the death was not natural. The 68-year old leader is survived by his wife and a daughter.
Vivekananda’s personal assistant MV Krishna Reddy has lodged a complaint with Pulivendula police expressing doubts over the nature of the death as blood clots were found in the bedroom and the bathroom.
Vivekananda’s nephew and former MP YS Avinash Reddy alleged that it was not a natural death and sought a thorough investigation. “There were two injuries on his head, one each on the front and the back. So, a thorough probe is required to establish the cause of the death. There could possibly be a conspiracy angle as well that needs to be probed,” Avinash said.
A case under section 174 of CrPC (unnatural death) was registered and the body moved to the Pulivendula government hospital for post-mortem, a local police inspector informed.
YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his mother Vijayamma have rushed to Pulivendula from Hyderabad on hearing the news.
Known as a down-to-earth and genial person, Vivekananda was elected as MLA in 1989 and 1994 from his hometown Pulivendula in Kadapa district. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Kadapa constituency in 1999 and 2004 and to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009. He had served as the Agriculture Minister under N Kiran Kumar Reddy in the then united Andhra Pradesh.
Vivekananda was alone at his residence Thursday night in Pulivendula.
“There was no response when I went to his house this (Friday) morning. I called his wife in Hyderabad over phone and she asked me not to disturb him. Later, the cook and other staff reached the house but they too did not get any response. I then went in through a side door and found Vivekananda’s body in the bathroom, with blood clots in the bedroom and the bathroom,” Krishna told reporters.