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Peeved over not serving them biryani, a group of men, claiming to be followers of RK Puram corporator Radha Dheeraj Reddy, attacked Lucky restaurant owner Syed Ali Raza at Alkapuri Colony near Nagole late on Wednesday night. Raza suffered bleeding injuries, while four of the attackers were arrested on Thursday.
Around 11.45pm, two people entered the hotel and one of them claimed he was the brother of the corporator, the restaurant owner said.
“The shutter of the hotel was closed, but they entered through the rear door. When they asked for biryani, we politely told them the counter was closed. Reacting to it, one of the guys threatened me saying he was the brother of local corporator,” Raza said. However, they insisted that they would not leave without the biryani.
As they refused to budge, the supervisor pushed them out. Within minutes, a group of 10-12 people barged into the hotel, ransacked the place and attacked Raza. RK Puram ward is in the GHMC LB Nagar municipal circle.
The miscreants damaged a tea counter, bakery counter and broke glass panes. “The hotel owner (Raza) was attacked with jugs, glasses and chairs,” a police officer from LB Nagar police station said.
“The culprit is not the brother of the corporator,” police said. “We have arrested four people and investigation is under progress. We are identifying the other attackers,” LB Nagar police inspector P Kasi Reddy said.
Based on a complaint lodged by Raza, a case was booked under Sections 506, 147, 148,352,448,427,324 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the LB Nagar police station. Based on CCTV camera footage, police have identified some of the attackers and arrested K Venkatesh Yadav, 36, J Srisailam Yadav, 30, G Santosh, 36, and M Ramulu Yadav 35.
The hotel owner also posted a video narrating the attack on social media.”You can’t run business in this area if you go against us,” Raza says in the video, quoting one of his attackers.
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