Kundapur, Jan 27, 2017 : A shopkeeper and his wife from Jadkal here were allegedly assaulted by another couple after the former demanded that the latter return the amount due to him.
Shekhar Poojary (40), owner of Abhi General Store of Jadkal and his wife Girija Poojary who were injured in the attack have been hospitalised. They were allegedly assaulted by Jadkal residents Santosh Poojary and his wife Malathi.
It is said Malathi who used to buy grocery on credit from Shekhar’s shop had not returned the amount and had instead befriended the shopkeeper over mobile phone. However, when Shekhar asked her to clear the arrears Malathi and her husband had attacked Shekhar and his wife, it has been alleged.
According to sources, Malathi whose husband was the driver of a local school vehicle had purchased Rs 3000 worth grocery four months ago on credit. Meanwhile instead of returning it, she began to chat with Shekhar over mobile phone and managed to extort two mobile phones, a mixie, sewing machine, a gold ring and Rs 12000 from him.
Meanwhile, some time back, Santosh had asked cash from Shekhar to release the gold pledged in the bank. However when Shekhar said he had no money the latter collected Rs 23000 in the form of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes with a promise to exchange it in the bank.
On the other hand, when Shekhar’s wife came to know about this she had warned Malathi and Santosh which irked the later who in turn attacked the shopkeeper couple.
Kollur Police are conducting the investigation.