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Hyderabad: Attacker family was in land row

Published Nov 5, 2019, 1:31 am IST
Updated Nov 5, 2019, 1:31 am IST
The family got a call that he had set mandal revenue officer Vijaya Reddy ablaze in her office.
Mandal revenue officer Vijaya Reddy
 Mandal revenue officer Vijaya Reddy

Hyderabad: A relative of K. Suresh, the man who attacked mandal revenue officer Vijaya Reddy, denied that there was a land dispute in the family, but another relative contradicted her.

“Mostly he used to stay at home and rarely went out. Recently he started working as a real estate agent. On Monday, he went out at around 10 am. The family was waiting for him in the afternoon to have lunch but he didn’t come,” a relative said at the hospital.


The family got a call that he had set mandal revenue officer Vijaya Reddy ablaze in her office. “All of them were so shocked, they could not understand what went wrong,” she told this correspondent.

The relative denied that there was any land dispute in the family. His father Krishna and his (cousin) brother Durgaiah were taking care of the land, she said.

However, contradicting her, Mr Durgaiah said, “The land dispute was not that big. It has been going on for years but we still own the land. It is a 412-acre parcel of land and 53 farmers belonging to 28 families cumulatively own it.”


Mr Durgaiah said his own share was a small one. “Suresh will get only four acres of it. The land was on the name of our grandfather Venkaiah,” he said.

The matter had gone to court. Mr Durgaiah told this newspaper, “We went to the High Court and got a stay order on the land.”

Vijaya reddy had won best officer award

Vijaya Reddy, the mandal revenue officer who was  murdered on Monday, has two children, a  10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

A relative who came to the house said “She was a disciplined person and her parents are in a state of shock. They are not able to come to terms with what happened.”


She used to work as a government teacher but she resigned to pursue studies. She cleared the Group 2 exams and was selected as the revenue officer. She is the first Tahsildar after the formation of the Abdullapurmet sone.

She was awarded the best mandal revenue officer in 2018. Vijaya Reddy was given the appreciation certificate by the department.

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