Warangal, June 24 (NSS): Four BJP leaders, including district party president Rao Padma Reddy suffered burns when they tried to burn an effigy of the State government at Ambedkar crossroads protesting the rape and murder of a nine-month-old infant here on Monday.
The others injured are: Bingi Srinivas, M Suresh and B Vijayalakshmi. While Srinivas, who is BJP OBC Morcha State secretary, suffered nearly 40 per cent burns, the others, who are undergoing treatment at Maxcare Hospital in Hanamkonda, suffered simple burn injuries. The tragic incident occurred when a party activist suddenly poured petrol on the effigy which was already on fire. A party leader said Bingi Srinivas would be shifted to a private hospital in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, Hanamkonda police took up investigation into the incident.
On seeing the fire, panicked people screamed and ran helter skelter on the road. However, other party activists quickly shifted the victims to the nearby MGM hospital. (NSS)