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Aurobindo Pharma’s director Reddy shot at in abduction attempt

Aurobindo Pharma’s director K Nityananda Reddy was shot at by an unidentified man carrying an AK-47 rifle in the posh Banjara Hills area this morning.

No one was injured in the incident that spread panic in the upscale area. Police said the attacker fled leaving behind his weapon.

After finishing his morning walk at the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy (KBR) park in Jubilee Hills around 7 am, Reddy got into his car, when an unidentified man got into the rear seat and pointed a AK-47 at him. The intruder asked Reddy to keep quiet, saying he was “kidnapping him for ransom”, Reddy’s close friend, who spoke to him after the incident, told Business Standard.

According to the friend, Reddy immediately caught hold of the intruder and started shouting. Reddy’s brother, who also goes to the KBR park regularly for a walk, rushed to his aid on hearing the shouts. As both of them struggled with the kidnapper, some shots were fired by the attacker. 

“One person tried to kidnap him (Reddy). However, he resisted the attempt. Following this, the person fired in air and also at his car. Three rounds were fired in the process before he fled the scene,” Assistant Commissioner of Police, Banjara Hills, Uday Kumar Reddy said.

Later, the weapon was seized from the car, police said.

Reddy, who is vice chairman of Aurobindo Pharma, said after finishing his morning walk at KBR Park here, he sat in his car and was about to start it when the attack took place.

“Suddenly this man came and threatened me with the gun. I tried to catch hold of the weapon and also shouted for help and my brother tried to catch him. The person fired some rounds at my car before fleeing,” Reddy told reporters after the incident.

Police recovered a few empty shells from the site. Sniffer and tracking dogs were pressed into action to nab the attacker.

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