The sensational murder of TDP legislator Paritala Ravindra three years ago took a new turn on Sunday, with the main accused in the case being killed in a violent clash in a jail in Anantapur.
J Srinivasa Reddy alias Moddu Seenu was done to death in the clash with one Om Prakash and other undertrial prisoners in the district jail in the early hours today, police said.
Om Prakash, arrested in connection with several dacoity cases, allegedly hit Seenu with dumb-bells, they said.
The main opposition TDP, which petitioned President and Prime Minister in 2005 alleging the involvement of Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy in the murder of Ravindra, termed Seenu's murder as an attempt to hush up the case.
Ravindra's murder is being investigated by the CBI.
TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu said the murder of Seenu in a jail reflects the sad state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh and held the government responsible for the incident.
Ravindra's widow and TDP MLA Paritila Sunita, pointed an accusing finger at the Chief Minister following the incident.
However, the Chief Minister rubbished the allegations, saying they reflected the political bankruptcy of the TDP.
Home Minister K Jana Reddy too denied TDP's allegations and said the government is ready for "any" probe to bring out the truth in the murder of Seenu.