Mangaluru, Jan 03, 2018: The police acted swiftly and arrested four persons in connection with the murder of Deepak at Katipalla, today.
It is learnt that Deepak was on duty as usual on Wednesday had visited several mobile shops in Katipalla. Four persons who came by a car intercepted Deepak’s bike and attacked him and fled awy from the spot.
Mangaluru City Police have arrested four assailants within a few hours while fleeing in a car near Mijar, Moodbidri, which is about 20 kms from the scene of the crime. The police gave a hot chase and also opened fire on the vehicle to stop them. Sources said that one of the assailants was injured during police chase.
Following the brutal murder, the communally sensitive Surathkal area was tense and all the shops and commercial establishments voluntarily pulled down their shutters. A private city bus was damaged by miscreants in Soorinje, near Surathkal, the aftermath of the incident.
Police said Deepak had worked with private company agency which was owned by a Muslim. Since most of the customers were from minority community, Deepak used frequent areas dominated by them for work. He was fluent in Beary language, spoken by Muslims in Mangaluru.
On fateful day, when he was going to collect some documents from the office at Katipalla, a group of miscreants who arrived in a car, attacked him with lethal weapons. The attack was so brutal that his fingers were severed and he received serious injuries on his head. He died on the spot due to injuries. The body has been shifted to private hospital in Mangaluru for post-mortem. A large number people had gathered at hospital.
Sources, said that few days ago there was clash between two religious communities over tying of buntings for a programme. Deepak, who is member of saffron party and association, was also one among them. A case has been registered at Surathkal police station.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders have condemned the murder and demanded NIA probe.