Cops solve Khatheejamma murder case, nab 3 kin

The missing case of Khatheejamma (32), which later took the face of murder mystery, has been resolved by the District Police with the arrest of three persons in this regard.

The arrested are Azeez (24) and his two sisters Apsana (19) and Aseeda (20), all related to the victim. Gaining gold and money from the victim was the sole motive behind the crime.

Background
Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, Dakshina Kannada District Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal said that the victim had gone missing on January 9, 2012 from her residence in Alikemane of Thannirpantha village in Belthangady taluk.

Her husband Abbas had immediately filed a missing complaint with the Punjalakatte police. However, on January 31, 2012, police found a lead with a complaint from Ananda Gowda who complained that some local residents had sensed rotten smell in the forests of Kombaru when they had gone to get firewood. On searching the forest, the local residents had found a corpse in a highly decomposed state.

The police visited the spot and found that the body had been left in the forest about 20 days before January 31. The police suspected that the victim was killed by some miscreants and the dead body was left at Ammaithadka forest of Kombaru, between Gundya-Subramanya road and Puttur taluk to clear off the evidence.

Soon the Superintendent of Police formed three teams to investigate the matter. The DCIB team found that somebody had visited the victim’s home in an Omni car on the day she went missing.

Tracing the car, the police found that it belonged to Azeez, brother of Apsana, victim’s brother’s wife. Though two robbery cases were filed against him by the Sullia Police, he has been avoiding the court procedures.It was learnt that Azeez who had been to Middle East had returned to India four months ago and had now no resources in hand to go back.This made the police suspicious.

On February 7, the police nabbed Azeez in Puttur near Patrao Circle and while questioning, Azeez confessed to have visited Khatijamma on January 9 along with his two sisters and killed her to gain gold and money from her. Azeez has been handed over to police custody while the two women are in judicial custody, informed the SP. The cops who nabbed Azeez have been rewarded with Rs 2,500 each.

6 women, 2 men held     for ‘mastakabhisheka loot’
District police have nabbed eight including six women and two men, who were engaged in chain snatching, pickpocket and dacoity during Venoor Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava held recently.

The SP said that the team from Betagari village in Gadag district led by Somanna (48) were arrested based on a complaint filed by Shashikala, a devotee who had lost her mobile phone and Rs 10,000 during the festival.

The modus operandi of the eight member team is committing crime during temple festivals. The team had reached Venur after visiting Kukke Sri Subrahmanya Temple and Sri Kshetra Dharmastala in a rented van.

“We are collecting more details from Gadag police,” he added.

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