Mangaluru, Feb 19, 2017: In a shocking murder reported during the wee hours of February 19, Sunday, a Hindu Jagarana Vedike activist was hacked to death at Niddel near Maroli. It is believed that activists of the same outfit were responsible for the killing. It has been gathered that police have already arrested six accused in the case and have also recovered the weapon used for the murder. Four of the accused have been identified as Mithun, Neeshu, Kaushi and Vinesh.
The deceased is Pratap (25). The murder took place at around 1 am when Pratap was along with another fellow activist Manikanta. Sources said the assailants had actually targeted Manikanta and were following the duo. They finally attacked the duo at Niddel with machetes. If Pratap died on the spot, Manikanta sustained injuries.
Meanwhile, it is said that the HJV activists planned to target Manikanta who had informed the police about the theft of cash belonging to Yakshagana artistes three years ago by some HJV men.
The deceased Pratap was employed in Mysuru and had come to hometown recently while Manikanta was a mason.
Sources informed that Manikanta was busy with masonry work at a house at Maroli on February 18 when the assailants arrived there and picked up a quarrel. Though they had to leave the place after the house owner asked them to move out, all of them had met at a birthday party of an HJV worker named Achhu the same night. It was later that the murder took place.
Kankanady Police are investigating the case.