Udupi, Sep 13, 2014: Addressing a press conference on September 13, District superintendent of police (SP), Rajendra Prasad, said that the arrested accused relating to the murder of Pitty Nagesh in front of Halima Sabju auditorium in Udyavar on September 11 had confessed that they had eliminated Nagesh as an act of revenge for the murder of Vinod Shettigar, a notorious rowdy.
The SP explained that the Kaup police had received a complaint from Jitendra Shetty, son of Ratnakar Shetty from Udyavar, that a person aged around 40 to 45 years had been found murdered. A case under sections 302 and 34 of Indian Penal Code was registered in Kaup police station.
Now, the accused is said to be identified as one Ivan Richard (33) alias Munna, from behind Nejar Rice Mill, Pragati Nagara, Moodutonse, Santhekatte, Guruprasad Shetty (26) of Alevoor Doddamane, Guddeangady post, Alevoor village, Santosh Poojary (32), residing near Hanuman Garage, Badagubettu Moodumane, Bailoor, Vishwanath Shetty (32), residing at Radha Nivas, Melmane, Korangrapady, and Zakir Hussain (25), from Kalyan Nagar, Badagubettu Kukkikatte, have since been arrested.
Swords, large knife, Maruti-800 car registration number KA 20 M 7493, Ford Fiesta car bearing registration number KA 20 B 6757, and five mobiles were seized he said. During questioning, the accused reportedly told the police that they eliminated Pitty Nagesh as an act of vengeance for the killing of their friend, Vinod Shettigar, which was said to have been executed by Pitty alias Nagesh Devadiga.
The SP said that DCIB police inspector, Jaishankar, investigating officer and Kaup police inspector, Sunil Naik, Padubidri police sub-inspector, Azmat Ali, and Shirva sub-inspector, Ashok P had coordinated with the above operation.
In fact, Munna was an aide of Pitty Nagesh, but conspired with the enemies of his master in this killing, it is learnt. On September 8, both Pitty Nagesh and Vishwanath Shetty had attended a court hearing in the town. When they came face to face, Pitty Nagesh reportedly threatened Vishwanath to kill him. It is said that Nagesh also told Munna that Vishwanath should be eliminated. Pitty Nagesh it is said faced 22 cases and Guruprasad Shetty two cases, Santosh two, Vishwanath Shetty was named in three cases, while Zakir in two cases.
As earlier reported, Munna accompanied Pitty Nagesh to a bar in Katapadi, where he ensured that Pitty Nagesh was heavily drunk. While in the car thereafter, Munna abruptly stopped car near Halima Sabju Hall in Udyavar on the pretext of buying food, and alerted his accomplices who were waiting near by. Guruprasad forced Nagesh out of the car, and stabbed him in the stomach, even as Pitty pleaded. Others joined him and stabbed Nagesh repeatedly. The stabbing, it is said, continued even after Nagesh was dead exposing the innards, the killers sped away in the car.
It is stated on information gathered by district crime intelligence bureau (DCIB) police inspector, Jaishankar, under the directions of SP, P Rajendra Prasad, guidance of additional SP, Santosh Kumar and assistant superintendent of police Karkala, K Annamalai, a team of DCIB along with Kaup police circle inspector, Sunil Y Naik, in a swift operation on September 12 afternoon, arrested the accused who were hiding in a garden it is said.