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NTR’s son, ex-MP dies in road accident
August 30, 2018
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HYDERABAD: TDP founder NTR’s son and actor-politician Nandamuri Harikrishna died in a road accident in Telangana’s Nalgonda district early on Wednesday. He was 61.

Harikrishna, a former Rajya Sabha member and a former Andhra Pradesh minister, sustained critical head injuries when the car which he was driving overturned near Anneparthi.

The vehicle was flung in the air after hitting a divider and crashed into another vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

Harikrishna, who was not wearing the seat belt, was thrown out of the vehicle and sustained head injuries. He was shifted to Kamineni Hospital at Narketpally, where he succumbed.

Two others accompanying him escaped with minor injuries. They said Harikrishna lost control of the vehicle when it hit a stone.

Two of the five persons in the other car also sustained minor injuries. The person driving the other car said he noticed the vehicle flying in the air and immediately veered it towards the left, thus avoiding the full impact of the collision.

Harikrishna, son of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) founder and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister NT Rama Rao, was on his way to Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh to attend a marriage.

He was a member of the TDP politburo and brother-in-law of TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

He is survived by two wives Lakshmi and Shalini, two sons Junior NTR and Kalyan Ram, both actors, and daughter Suhasini.

His eldest son Janki Ram was also killed in a road accident in 2014 in the same district. In 2009, Junior NTR had escaped with injuries in a road accident, also in Nalgonda district.

Harikrishna’s death shocked the ruling party in Andhra Pradesh and the Telugu film industry. Chandrababu Naidu, other members of the NTR family, film personalities and TDP leaders rushed to Narketpally.

After the autopsy, Harikrishna’s body was shifted to Hyderabad by road. Naidu, Harikrishna’s brother actor Balakrishna and sons accompanied the body.

The last rites will be performed at his farm house at Moinabad on Hyderabad’s outskirts. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said the last rites will be performed with official honours.

Born on Sept.2, 1956 at Nimmakur in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, Harikrishna, the fourth son of NTR, began his film career as a child artist in the 1960s.

Indo-Asian News Service

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