Raja Sekhar, an assistant for E-TV; Jagadish Babu, a producer for private channel E-TV; Gangadhara Raju, an E-TV
cameraman; and Srinivas Rao and S. Krishna, assistant cameramen for E-TV, were killed in a car bomb explosion
while covering the making of a film.
As they were leaving the Rama
Naidu Studios in Hyderabad, their vehicle caught the brunt of the
massive blast, which police said was caused by a remote control car
bomb parked by the studio entrance. The television crew's driver, P.
Chandra Sekhar Reddy, was also killed. At least 17 others died and more
than 30 were injured. The attack is believed to have been motivated by
political rivalry targeted at the film's producer, Paritala Ravi, a
former guerrilla leader pardoned in return for his surrender. Ravi is
also a state legislator and member of the governing Telugu Desam party.
Beats Covered: Business, Culture
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group