Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh): Police on Thursday arrested three people in connection with the murder of Y S Vivekananda Reddy, the uncle of Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. Vivekananda was found dead in the bathroom of his house on March 15.

Police have arrested Vivekananda’s close aide E Gangi Reddy, personal secretary Krishna Reddy and Prakash Reddy, son of housemaid Lakshmi, on Thursday morning for destroying evidence at the crime scene and misleading the cops. The trio was detained on March 18 but was let off later.

During the investigation, police have interrogated about 50 persons in the case. According to a daily, the case was later transferred to a SIT headed by CID chief.

Police said Krishna Reddy was guilty of having concealed a letter written by Vivekananda which he did not hand it over to the police till the evening of the day Vivekananda’s body was discovered. In the letter, Vivekananda had reportedly written that his personal secretary was threatening him.

As far as the role of housemaid’s son Prakash Reddy was concerned, said a daily, he washed the blood stains and other evidence from the bathroom where Vivekananda’s body was found by Krishna Reddy on March 15 morning.

The duo also allegedly changed Vivekananda’s clothes. Gangi Reddy has been arrested for suspected involvement in the murder. The trio was produced before a court at Pulivendula and remanded to police custody.

A day after the murder was discovered, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu had said, “It was said that he died of a heart attack. But later, wounds were found on his body. Those wounds indicate at murder. Many questions need to be answered.”

Alleging foul play, he had said, “Clearing of evidence is definitely a crime. Now, they (YSRCP) are demanding a CBI probe. If the case is given to the CBI, the Centre will save them. If the state police investigate, criminals will be caught.”

However, he went on to clarify that he was not pointing a finger at the deceased leader’s party itself. “I am not saying they are the culprits. At the crime scene, forensic evidence was destroyed which are leading to suspicion.”