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TDP leader injured in sickle attack, local MLA blamed

CCTV footage showed an assailant whipping out a sickle and attacking P Seshagiri Rao. Seshagiri sustained deep cuts in his arms while trying to protect himself.

Statesman News Service | Hyderabad |

TDP leader P Seshagiri Rao was seriously injured on Thursday at Tuni in the Kakinada district of Andhra Pradesh after he was attacked with a sickle by an unidentified man who had come dressed as an alms seeker.

The TDP has blamed Minister Dadisetti Raja who is also the local MLA for the attack on Seshagiri Rao.

The incident took place around 6:45 am when Seshagiri was giving alms to a man dressed in saffron robes. The attack was caught on a CCTV camera.

The footage showed Seshagiri handing out alms to the man wearing a saffron scarf and a rudraksh mala. The assailant then whipped out a sickle and attacked him. Seshagiri sustained deep cuts on his arms while trying to protect himself. The attacker then escaped on a bike along with another man who was waiting at the entrance.

Seshagiri Rao, who is TDP’s district coordinator, has been admitted to a private hospital in Tuni following the attack. The police have formed four teams to nab the assailant by studying CCTV footage.