Nellore, Sept 28: Unidentified criminals murdered an ex-Army man and a real estate dealer Maddula Ramana Reddy, (50) of Besthavaripeta in Prakasam district during the daybreak of Wednesday. His wife Lakshmi Kumari (45), also sustained heinous injuries on the head while trying to save her husband. The culprits broke open the lock of the main gate to gain entry into the house around 2.30 AM on Thursday and stabbed Ramana Reddy while he was sleeping.According to the information from Police, the departed is a native of Kottapeta in Bestavaripeta mandal and he shifted to Bestavaripeta around 2 decades ago. He was into real estate business ever since he shifted to Bestavaripeta and he extended his business operations to nearby Cumbum town and Guntur also recently.Police suspect that financial transactions might have generated antagonism with some persons and the murder may be the job of some hired goons. Giddalur circle inspector Sriram and Markapur deputy SP N.V. Ramanjaneyulu examined the scene of offence and have formed a team to pinpoint the suspects.