Kurnool-range DIG Nagendra Kumar issued special orders increasing security to former minister Paritala Sunitha's family. Eight more gunmen have been allocated to her family. It is learnt that with the YSR Congress coming to power in the state, the number of gunmen has been increased to avoid trouble to Sunitha's family from the new government.
It is learnt that Sunitha expressed doubt over security to her family from the new government and the security has been heightened following it. The decision taken by Chief Minister designate Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is being hailed by the former minister's followers.
Sunitha's husband Paritala Ravindra was shot dead in broad daylight while coming out of TD party office in Anantapur on January 24, 2005. Ravi sustained a bullet injury in the head resulting in the instantaneous death while two others, his gunman and one of his supporters, were also killed in the shootout.
The accused escaped from the scene with some of their associates hurling bombs to facilitate their exit. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probed into the triple murder following allegations that former CM late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy's son, Jagan Mohan Reddy, and minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy were behind the murder.
However, both of them were exonerated. It was concluded that age-old family rivalry between the families of Paritala Ravindra and Congress leader Gangula Surynarayana Reddy (Suri) led to the murder and that the latter hatched a conspiracy while he was undergoing sentence in the Jubilee Hills bomb blast case.