Hyderabad: Mystery shrouds the death of Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader Y S Vivekananda Reddy who passed away earlier on Friday. While initial reports said he died of cardiac arrest, stories emerging later in the day that suggested that the leader may have been murdered.

A leading daily quoted the Kadapa SP, Rahul Dev Sharma, as saying, “Initially, it was suspected that he died of a heart attack but after visiting the spot we suspect it to be a murder. We have taken a few persons in custody for interrogation.”

The post-mortem report has reportedly revealed seven injuries on his head, right hand and thighs. Kadapa Police Additional SP B Lakshminarayana called it a murder and that the leader might have been attacked with an axe.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has ordered that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) should probe the death while the YSR Congress has asked for a CBI probe, reported ANI.

Meanwhile, the police said the murder may have taken place between Thursday midnight and Friday 5 AM.

Vivekananda lived alone and had returned home late on Thursday night after campaigning.

In his police complaint, Vivekananda’s personal assistant said when he turned up at the leader’s house on Friday morning, his call went unanswered. After some time, servants and cook also came and together they found a door towards the back of the house lying open.

The complaint quoted the assistant as saying that they found Vivekananda in the bathroom with blood everywhere. “It was an unnatural death.”

YSRCP vice-president S Vijay Sai Reddy has demanded a probe while the Andhra government has appointed an SIT to investigate the case.

Vivekananda’s elder brother Y S Rajashekara Reddy died on September 2, 2009, in a chopper crash.

The state is scheduled to go for elections on April 11.