A rowdy-sheeter was hacked to death by a group of armed men in broad daylight in the city on Thursday. The murder took place near the Marigudi, at the entrance of Paduvarahalli at around 7:10 am.
He has been identified as 35-year-old Devendra alias Devu, a resident of Paduvarahalli who used to run real estate business. According to eyewitness and the police, over 11 armed men came in a sports utility vehicle with Mysuru registration and attacked Devu.
Devu was sitting near the Marigudi with his friends Ashoka, Damodar and Palli after taking his father Narayanappa to a nearby clinic for blood-sugar level check-up. A Pulsar vehicle carrying two youths was parked nearby and they were reportedly watching Devu and friends and were passing on messages to someone over phone.
Perplexed by the bike and the behaviour of the youth who were new to the area- Devu and his friends were discussing among themselves the identity of the youths. At this moment, the SUV (either a Mahindra Bolero or a TATA Sumo as the eyewitness es were not clear about the make of the vehicle) entered the road with more than 11 armed men.
Sensing trouble and seeing the swords, machetes and clubs, Devu, Ashoka, Damodar and Palli ran in different directions. One of the attackers swung a machete at Ashoka and he barely escaped. Unfortunately for Devu, he slipped and fell over coconut frond that were spread out in the area for drying.
A couple of attackers then rounded Devu and hit his head, back, spinal cord, and thighs. The victim screamed for help in vain and he bled to death. After ensuring that their target had died, the attackers fled the scene in the same vehicle.
TENSION IN THE AREA
Tension prevailed in the area for some time and a large number of villagers and passers-by had gathered at the spot. The body was later shifted to K R Hospital mortuary where Devu’s relatives protested demanding immediate arrest of the killers.
The police have secured CCTV footages from the nearby buildings and have got vital clues regarding the vehicle and the killers in it.
Devu was involved in many financial dealings and the Jayalakshmipuram police had opened a rowdy sheet against him in 2004.
Devu was the prime accused in the murder case of rowdy-sheeter Kariappa, a close associate of JD(S) corporator Avva Madesh. Kariappa was hacked to death by a gang in 2010 at his office in T K Layout.
Police say that the Devendra murder case looked like an old rivalry. City Police Commissioner B Dayananda, DCP Dr H T Shekar, NR ACP Umesh G Shet visited the crime scene. Mysuru SP Abhinav Khare visited the mortuary.
Devu was a witness in the high-profile double murder case in which `Avva’ Madesh, a Janata Dal (Secular) corporator was sentenced to life along with seven others. Madesh and his accomplices had murdered Rajesh alias Gandhi and Ramesh from Paduvarahalli at a farmhouse in Hunsur in May 2008.
In February 2016, the Second Additional District and Sessions Court convicted Madesh and accomplices. The judge
also ordered a perjury case against Sunil, Devendra, Srinivas and Ashok for turning hostile. Shivu, the ninth accused, who turned approver, was acquitted.
LOVERS COMMIT SUICIDE
Two lovers committed suicide by hanging in Belavadi. The incident came to light on Thursday morning. They have been identified as Thyagaraj (23) and Pallavi (22).
Both Thyagaraj and Pallavi worked in a factory at Belavadi and were living together. While Thyagaraj hailed from Hunsur, Pallavi was from Belavadi. According to family sources, Thyagaraj used to go to his native place every weekend and had never told his parents about his relationship with Pallavi.
Neighbours told the police that Thyagaraj and Pallavi claimed that they were married and had taken a room on rent. They used to fight frequently and many times the landlord had intervened in the fight.
On Thursday, as the couple had not opened the door, the landlord got suspicious and peeped into the window when the suicide came to light.
YOUTH ENDS LIFE
A 28-year-old youth hanged himself inside his house in Dattagalli on Wednesday night. He has been identified as Ajith Kumar. He was upset that his love proposal was rejected. On Wednesday night he went to his room on the first floor of his house and hanged himself.