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Theatre manager dies after being beaten by customer over parking fee in Telangana

The manager was a cardiac patient and could not withstand beating at the hands of a drunk and furious customer.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2018 14:28 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Fatal argument,Murder charge,Vikarabad
An argument over a hike in parking fees cost the theatre manager his life. (Shutterstock)

A 68-year old manager of a theatre was killed, when a customer repeatedly punched him during an argument over increase of parking fee by Rs 10 at Telangana’s Vikarabad town, 76 km west of Hyderabad late Sunday night.

The deceased was identified as Y Raghavendra Rao, a resident of Alampally village in Vikarabad district. The body was handed over to his family on Monday night after post mortem. Based on a complaint from the theatre staff, Vikarabad police registered a case against the accused Rajavardhan Reddy, a local contractor from Motibagh Colony in the town, under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code.

Vikarabad police inspector M Venkata Ramaiah said Reddy was taken into custody for interrogation and collection of evidence.

The police said the incident happened at around 10 pm, when the last show of a recently released Telugu film was to be screened at Cinemax Theatre. Rajavardhan Reddy, who was allegedly drunk, entered into argument with the parking lot attendants when they asked him to pay Rs 30 as parking fee for his car.

Reddy asked them why the theatre management increased the parking fee from Rs 20 to Rs 30 without prior intimation and refused to pay additional amount of Rs 10. The theatre manager, who heard the argument between the parking attendants and Reddy, tried to intervene in the matter and pacify him.

“But Reddy continued to argue with the manager and in a fit of anger he rained blows on his chest, face and stomach. Rao collapsed on the spot and he was immediately shifted to the government hospital, Vikarabad where he died a few minutes later due to severe chest pain,” inspector Ramaiah said.

Rao was a cardiac patient and he could not withstand the punches by Reddy, a hefty and tall man, the theatre employees told the police.

First Published: Apr 24, 2018 14:28 IST