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Gang hacks man to death

Bangalore:Nov 25, 2012 DH News Service 0:14 IST

Police suspect property dispute with relatives to be the reason

A 30-year-old farmer and small-time businessman was chased and hacked to death with lethal weapons by a gang of four youths who came in an autorickshaw in Banashankari police limits Saturday morning.

Police suspect the murder to be the result of property disputes with his relatives and rivals.

The gang started chasing V Srinivas near the Sevakshetra Hospital, when he was on his way to Anekal around 10.30 am on his bike.

Soon, the four youths, aged between 25 to 30, jumped out of the autorickshaw, holding lethal weapons. Seeing them chase him, Srinivas jumped off his bike and ran to a safer place. However, the assailants caught him and pushed him on the road.

 They surrounded him, hacked him with lethal weapons and fled in the auto, police said.

A traffic policeman told Deccan Herald:” I saw a youth being chased. By the time I rushed towards him, he was lying in a pool of blood, struggling to breathe. The assailants had fled. I took him immediately to Sevakshetra Hospital, where he died a few hours later.”

“The police have constituted three special teams to arrest the assailants. There are definite clues and we will arrest them shortly,” DCP (South) H S Revanna said.

A large crowd, including his friends and relatives, gathered in front of KIMS Hospital, where the post mortem was performed. The police had a tough time managing the crowd.

Background

Srinivas, a resident of Banashankari II stage and a native of Bettamasthanalli in Anekal, owned farmland and a photocopy shop for a while.

He was married and had a seven-year-old daughter. The victim’s mother, Aruna, stays in Anekal and his father had passed away a few years ago. He was staying with his wife and daughter in a rented house in Banashankari, police said.

Srinivas was involved in many civil land disputes in Anekal. He had lodged complaints against his uncles and grandmother. His relatives had filed counter cases against Srinivas. He claimed to be the legal heir to these properties and included his mother’s name in the records, so as to fight the cases. This led to frequent quarrels, police said.

The General Power of Attorney, ownership, sale and resale of land had created problems for him in five other land disputes. He had approached the police against some people in connection with these disputes. Cases had been filed against Srinivas in court in these cases also.

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