An unending saga of rival factions between two families has now resulted in the shooting death of Gangula Surya Narayana Reddy alias Maddelachervu Suri, at Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad on Monday.
Suri, who was released from jail in December last year, was living in Hyderabad and Bengaluru after the Anantapur district court directed him to leave the volatile region.
He's alleged to have masterminded legislator Paritala Ravi's murder in 2005.
The factional rivalry between Ravi and Suri's families date back to the 1980's when their fathers, Paritala Ramulaiah and former MLA Gangula Narayana Reddy, started fighting over local elections.
The two families soon got involved in a feud when Narayana Reddy killed Ramulaiah in a war for political supremacy.
Later, Ravi's elder brother Paritala Hari tried to take vengeance against Suri's family but police shot dead him in an encounter.
Paritala Ravi reportedly then killed Gangula Narayana Reddy at a lodge in Anantapur in 1983. He was also accused in the killing of Penukonda MLA Sanne Chenna Reddy and his two sons Ramana Reddy and Obul Reddy as they were supporting Suri's family.
Later, in what's now an infamous story, Ravi is believed to have attempted to eliminate Suri by delivering a television set loaded with bombs to his residence in Maddelachervu.
Five family members were killed in the resulting explosion after they switched on the TV. Suri, meanwhile, was not at home.
Suri soon went underground and hatched a plot to kill Ravi.
In retaliation, Suri attempted to kill Ravi with a remote-controlled car bomb in Jubilee hills in 1997. Ravi escaped the blast, which killed scores of others. Suri was found guilty and imprisoned for life.
During this bloody feud, the Congress came to power in 2004, and Suri continued to hatch plots against Suri from Charlapalli jail.
He entrusted the task to eliminate Ravi to M. Rekamaiah and Julakanti Srinivas Reddy alias Moddu Sinu.
Suri's hired men soon killed Ravi's aide Malapati Venkateshwar Rao alias R.K, who's believed to have masterminded the television bombing.
Later, they hacked to death Tagarakunta Prabhakar, another follower of Ravi in Anantapur.
Finally, Ravi was shot dead at a district TD office in Anantapur in 2005.
Suri remains a prime accused in the murder of Ravi.
The former's killing today has given rise to rumours of all sorts. Police intelligence claim real estate and a property dispute might be the reasons for Suri's death. But many also believe Suri's own henchmen might have shot him dead.