One person lost his life and four others were injured in Andhra Pradesh after a clash broke out between two groups over collecting mushrooms from the outskirts of the city on Tuesday, police said. The deceased have been identified as Jangam who was a party worker of YSRCP.
The incident took place in Kuntibadra village in Kotturu Mandal of Srikakulam district.
Speaking to media, Kotturu Sub Inspector (SI) V Ramakrishna said, “Jangam and Erraiah have some old disputes. They clashed over mushrooms. The argument grew bigger and both of them brought their supporters. Both groups clashed with sticks and spears. In this clash, Jangam lost his life and four other persons were injured”.
The body of Jangam is shifted to a private hospital situated in the nearby Palakonda area. Meanwhile, the injured were taken to the Kotturu community hospital. As a result of the clash, the administration has imposed Section 144 in the area and police forces have been deployed.
A person named Raju is identified as the one who stabbed Jangam. SI Ramakrishna said that a case has been registered against the accused and the investigation is underway.
Jangam is a worker of YSRCP, locals alleged that this was a clash between workers of YSRCP and TDP and the murderer belonged to the TDP.
However, the police deny any such political colour in the case. Meanwhile, YSRCP senior leader Vijayasai Reddy called on the DGP and appealed to consider the murder of YSRCP worker seriously, and take stern action against the culprits.
(Edited by Safvana Yasmine)