Gaddar shot at

Rajagopal Vakulabharanam (RVAKULAB@macc.wisc.edu)
Mon, 07 Apr 97 17:40 CST


 
Gaddar shot at, injured critically
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Date: 07-04-1997 :: Pg: 06 :: Col: d
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>From Our Staff Reporter ( The Hindu)
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HYDERABAD, April 6.
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Noted  singer  of revolutionary ballads, Gaddar, was shot  at  by
unidentified persons at his residence in the Venkatapuram area of
Secunderabad on Sunday evening.
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According  to  eye  witnesses, the assailants  came  in  a  white
Ambassador car, forced their entry into the house and opened fire
on Gaddar in front of his family members. Gaddar was rushed to  a
private  nursing home in Lothukunta.  He was later admitted in  a
critical  condition  in Gandhi hospital, where he  is  undergoing
operation.
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A  tense situation prevailed in Gandhi hospital with hundreds  of
Gaddar's  supporters gathering in front of the casualty ward  and
the  police in good numbers preventing the entry of  people  into
the  ward.  The  Commissioner of Police, Mr.  Ramaswamy,  held  a
meeting in the hospital premises. According to hospital  sources,
Gaddar  suffered  multiple abdominal  perforation.  However,  his
condition  is stated to be out of danger. He has been shifted  to
the operation theatre and is likely to be shifted to NIMS.
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The  police  have sounded a red alert. They  have  certain  clues
about  the  car in which the assailants came.  According  to  eye
witnesses, Gaddar was shot at from close quarters and wounded  on
the left and right shoulders, stomach and thigh.
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In all, five persons were involved in the attack. One person, who
claimed  he was being harassed by the police, called  on  Gaddar.
While the latter was speaking to him, three others barged in  and
fired  four rounds at Gaddar. They made their getaway in the  car
which was parked nearby, with a driver sitting inside.
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The  attackers  were in the age group of 22-23  years  and  spoke
Telugu.  Gaddar's wife, Vimala, was also an eyewitness. His  sons
and daughters rushed him to hospital.
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Gaddar,  a former bank employee, had quit his job to support  the
extremist  movement. He went underground for some time as he  was
associated  with  Jana  Natya Mandali, a  front  organisation  of
People's  War Group. However, Vittal Rao, as he was known  before
assuming  the name of Gaddar, joined the mainstream a  few  years
ago.