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AK-47 mystery muddles attack on Aurobindo pharma executive

A man armed with an AK-47 tried to kidnap a top industrialist in Hyderabad from his car on Wednesday. The mysterious incident was muddled by the fact that an AK-47 rifle was found in the back-seat of the executive’s car, which is believed to have been left behind by the attacker. However, the attacker reportedly tried to fire with another pistol, and it is not yet clear why he did not use the deadly rifle, and further, if it really belonged to him.

K Nityananda Reddy, Vice Chairman of Aurobindo Pharma, had finished his morning walk at a little after 7 am in the popular KBR park in the fancy Banjara Hills area. After he sat in his car, a man pushed his way into the white Audi from the left into the front seat, took out an AK-47 from a bag and pointed it at him.

His brother, Prasad, saw Mr Reddy wrestling with the intruder and rushed to the car to intervene. Three bullets were fired inside the car. The two men managed to overpower the assailant and pull him outside the car where at least five more shots were fired. Nobody was injured.

Prasad Reddy held the attacker from behind, but he bit Mr Reddy and ran away, leaving behind his AK-47 and a bag with clothes.

While Reddy was saved, he tried to grapple with the attacker even as his brother Prasad Reddy came to his rescue.

The assailant then panicked and escaped, and he reportedly left behind an AK47 rifle in the executive’s car along with a bag.

“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 the media.

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