Bhanu Kiran has revealed that he procured nine fire arms through various means to carry out extortions.
The accused confessed to the CID that he took the letter pad and copy of the gun licence belonging to Dharmavaram ex-MLA Kethi Reddy Surya Pratap Reddy and procured two fire arms from Abids.
Bhanu was arrested for killing Suri on April 21 at Zaheerabad. He was produced in the Nampally criminal court on Friday and remanded to judicial custody till May 18.
CID additional DG S.V. Ramana Murthy said, “Bhanu confessed that he, along with associates Mangali Krishna and Sudhakar Naidu and others, procured country-made fire arms for use in extortion and other settlements. Out of nine fire arms procured, two were recovered from Bhanu and his other associates, including Sulam Subbaiah.”
Bhanu confessed that he paid Rs 1 crore to Moddu Srinu out of the money he got through the settlements.
He was involved in the liquor business with Gangula Sundar Reddy, Satyanarayana Reddy and Pavan Kumar. He came into contact with Suri through them.
In 2004, while Suri’s wife Bhanumathi contested Penukonda by-elections, he canvassed for her. He would also meet Mangali Krishna at Reliance Web World along with Rayachoti Srinivas Reddy.
When Suri was lodged in Cherlapally jail, he met him regularly. Bhanu is involved in several cases of conspiracy and violation of the Arms Act in Ramgopalpet, Saifabad, Begumpet, Kukatpally, CCS, Patamata, Banjara Hills, CID and Panjagutta.