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Families paid to claim Andra C M YSR shock deaths

Posted by Admin on September 17, 2009

Related post: 344 die in the wake of YSR’s demise

Andhra Pradesh Congressmen are going to extreme lengths to show how scores of people in the state had died of shock following former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s tragic helicopter crash.

Ever since Reddy’s body was found in the Nallamala forests on September 3, there have been reports sourced to the Congress party of deaths from heart attacks and suicides from all parts of the state.

However, cross-checking some of these cases revealed an uncomfortable truth that many had suspected all along – that these people had died of natural causes and their deaths could not be linked to Reddy’s accident. The investigation also exposed how cynical local Congress leaders, and in one case allegedly a state minister, had paid the families of those who had died from natural causes since September 3 to say the deaths were due to shock following the former chief minister’s accident.

The money was evidently used to buy their silence on the actual cause of death of their kin.

These facts expose the local Congress unit’s elaborate effort to spread lies about the deaths so that a myth could be created around Reddy and, many believe, also boost the chief ministerial prospects of his ambitious son, Jaganmohan.

The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has periodically released ‘bulletins’ on the number of deaths due to heart attacks and suicides to the media, attributing them to Reddy’s sad end.

The latest such ‘bulletin’ from the CLP says 462 people have died since Reddy’s death was confirmed on September 3, 402 of heart attack while 60 committed suicide. According to these details, East Godavari district accounted for the highest number of 58 deaths, followed by 48 in Warangal district and 46 in Karimnagar district.

Hyderabad City recorded one YSR shock death.

Telugu Desam Party Warangal district unit president and Narsampet MLA Revuri Prakash Reddy said, “It is surprising that not a single person died of grief or shock in YSR’s hometown of Pulivendula. But in my Narsampet constituency, four people died. I can confidently say that these were all natural deaths. It is a media hype perpetrated by Congress leaders. It is sad that Congress politics has stooped to such an extent.”

Gandra Venkataramana Reddy, former Warangal district Congress committee president and Congress MLA said, “There might be some instances of false claims, but there are certainly some genuine cases of deaths and suicides of people due to shock and grief over the death of YSR in the initial days.” However, even the Congress leader admits that there have been some false claims recently.

“There is no truth in the reports regarding the latest incidents of deaths. They might have been fabricated by the media for sensationalism,” he said.

Inquiries made by Mail Today in a quick survey in parts of Warangal district revealed the charade perpetrated by local Congress leaders to build the former chief minister’s image. India Today

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