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April 22, 2000
Former AP minister dies in accident
Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad
Congress legislator and former minister P Indra Reddy died in a road accident early on Saturday.
Police said the accident occurred at Palmakuru village near Shamshabad between 0030 and 0100 hrs when the car carrying Reddy rammed into a stationary lorry.
Reddy, 46, was accompanied by the Rangareddy District Congress Committee president, two gunmen and the driver. One gunman and the driver died on the spot, while the condition of the second gunman is serious.
Reddy was returning from his native place -- Chevella - after attending a marriage.
Reddy was elected to the State Assembly four times. He was first elected on a Telugu Desam Party ticket in 1985 and served as a minister for education and then a minister for labour and employment in the N T Rama Rao Cabinet.
He was re-elected on a TDP ticket in 1989 and 1994. He was minister for home, jails and fire services in the NTR cabinet of 1994-95.
During the August 1995 crisis in the TDP, when N T Rama Rao was toppled by his son-in-law N Chandrababu Naidu in a party and family coup, Indra Reddy remained with NTR.
After NTR's death in January 1996, Reddy joined Lakshmi Parvathi's party but soon fell out with her and joined the Congress. He was re-elected to the assembly in the September 1999 poll on a Congress ticket.
Born on October 4, 1954 at Kowkuntla village in Chevella Mandal, Reddy studied MA and LLB in Osmania University. He was elected as sarpanch of his village before he joined the TDP in 1985.
He is survived by his wife and three sons.
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