Nalgonda: The vice Sarpanch of Chinthalapalem grama panchayat, Dharma Naik (45), was killed by unidentified persons who planted a country-made bomb under his bed at his residence at Nagarjunapeta thanda in Tirumalagiri (Sagar) mandal in Nalgonda.
The incident, which took place around Monday mid-night, created a flutter in the district as Naik belongs to the opposition Congress. Such was the intensity of the bomb that his body were scattered around the premises, police said.
The Vice-Sarpanch was asleep on a ‘nulaka mancham,’ a traditional bed, on the portico of his house when the assailants reportedly placed the bomb and set it off around midnight. Police rushed to the spot and shifted the body to Nagarjuna Sagar Area hospital for a post-mortem examination.
A dog squad was pressed into action and investigation is on. The CLUES team found covers of firecrackers at the spot, indicating that the accused may have used firecrackers to make the bomb.
Naik had two wives — Savithri and Shirisha — who are sisters. With Savithri said to be battling infertility, Naik married her sister Sirisha seven years ago. The couple has two daughters and a son.
It is suspected that Sirisha, along with her paramour, hatched a plan to kill Naik, who had become a hurdle in her extramarital affair.
Miryalaguda DSP Srinivas said based on the complaint lodged by Naik’s mother, Dwali, Nagarjuna Sagar police took Shirisha into custody. Naik’s last rites were performed at his native place on Tuesday evening, for which a large number of police personnel, including three Circle Inspectors and four Sub-Inspectors, were deployed as a precautionary measure.