Mysore

One murder and three suicides rock Mysuru

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.

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Devendra alias Devu

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.

OLD RIVALRY

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.

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City Police Commissioner B Dayananda, NR ACP Umesh G Shet visited the crime scene.

HIGH-PROFILE CASE

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.

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