Rowdy Velu hacked to death

Role of his rival Rudra suspected in the murder

blood-stained: The spot where rowdy-sheeter Velu (inset) was murdered in front of Poornima Theatre on Tuesday. dh Photo

A six-member gang armed with lethal weapons attacked Velu (30), a fruit merchant, and hacked him to death. The police said, Velu, a rowdy-sheeter in the City Market police station, was on his way to the temple when the crime took place.

Around 5.45 am, Velu - who was wearing Ayyappa mala - was on his way for the daily rituals at the temple. The gang, which knew about Velu’s routine, attacked him.

Sources said there was rivalry between Velu and Rudra, a rowdy.  In 2005, Rudra had eliminated Velu’s brother Shanmugam. Within three months, Velu saw to it that Rudra’s brother was killed. Velu was a resident of Ramanna Garden. Usually, small time rowdies are under the impression that they are safe during the Ayyappa season. But Velu’s murder has disproved the notion.

Woman hangs self

A 40-year-old woman, who was depressed over her poor health and the burden it caused to her family’s finances, was found hanging at her house in Kumaraswamy Layout on Monday night.

Shivamma, whose husband Raghavendra is a driver with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, was suffering from various ailments. Her blood pressure and sugar levels were high.

The victim’s family got her treated, but it could not take the burden for long.  The suicide came to light early Tuesday morning and police were called in. The body was handed over to the relatives after post-mortem. Police have booked a case of unnatural death.

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