Hyderabad: Minister T. Padma Rao’s son T. Rameswar Goud and his associates allegedly beat up a shop owner and vandalised his shop at Pot Market in Secunderabad during a row over demolitions on Tuesday. Rameswar Goud and his group allegedly slapped Mr Mohith Rathore and his uncle Sathyanarayana and attacked his mother. Goud reportedly threatened to kill them. His friends threw stones at the shop, where pickles are sold, and damaged it, witnesses said. The North Zone police booked a case against Goud and 20 others for assault.
According to eyewitnesses, it all began when the GHMC workers came to demolish a few structures that had encroached on to roads and footpaths.
Mr Rathore, whose shop was being demolished, asked the GHMC workers why they had left his neighbouring shop untouched. The shop reportedly belongs to a TRS worker, and he called the minister’s son.
“The minister’s house is located in the same area. Rameswar Goud and his associates came to the spot and started questioning Rathore. When his uncle Sathyanarayana tried to intervene, Goud allegedly slapped him,” police official said.
Shopowner in Secunderabad feared violence
The quarrel escalated quickly. “Goud’s aides ran amok. They pelted stones at the pickle shop run by Mr Rathore and his uncle. They also did not spare his mother. When they resisted, Goud threatened to kill them. He told them ‘this is my locality, how dare you run your shop here’,” said an eyewitness. Mr Rathore and his relatives left the place fearing more violence.
They later approached the police and lodged a complaint. “We have booked a case against Rameshwar Goud and others,” said Market police inspector M. Venugopal.
Police issued an FIR charging Rameshwar Goud under IPC Setions 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 341 (wrongful restraint)....