The peaceful locality of Madhurawada in Visakhapatnam was shaken by a tragic incident on Friday night, as Bondapalli tahsildar Sanapala Ramanaih was brutally murdered. According to sources from the revenue department, the murder appears to be connected to issues arising from a land deal valued at Rs 12 crore in Madhurawada.
Reports suggest that Murari Subrahmanyam Ganga Rao, acting on behalf of an NRI woman, initiated the process for acquiring a conveyance deed for 1,600 square yards of land under survey number 381 in Madhurawada. This piece of land was part of a larger 6.85-acre parcel under the same survey.
The NRI woman had obtained certain deeds related to the land, and Ganga Rao negotiated a deal with her for the 1,600 square yards. However, complications arose as the entire 6.85-acre land was subject to section 22A regulations.
During this time, tahsildar Ramanaih was transferred to Bondapalli in Vizianagaram district, disrupting the ongoing process. It is alleged that Ganga Rao had been regularly meeting the tahsildar to expedite the file, as it was his only hope to resolve a financial crisis resulting from substantial debts.
Tragically, on the night of the incident, Ganga Rao reportedly demanded Ramanaih to sign certain papers with backdated documents, which the tahsildar refused to do. This refusal allegedly led to a confrontation, culminating in Ramanaih’s untimely demise.
The incident sheds light on the pervasive issue of land disputes and the nexus between the land mafia and government officials. Former Visakhapatnam collector Praveen Kumar highlighted a concerning case in which documents related to government land worth Rs 4,000 crore had mysteriously disappeared years ago from the Visakhapatnam rural tahsildar’s Chinagadili office, where Ramanaih had been stationed.
The incident underscores the urgent need for transparent and accountable mechanisms to address land-related matters and prevent such tragedies from recurring. Investigations are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice, while stakeholders call for stricter measures to curb the influence of the land mafia and ensure the safety of officials involved in land administration.