Sullia shooting victim mistaken for wild boar, says SP

Reminds people to deposit arms with police till end of polls

Superintendent of Police Dr Sharanappa S D has said that the death of a man following a bullet injury at Chaipe in Thodikana of Sullia taluk was the result of mistaken identity. 

The police official told reporters on Saturday that Jayaram Naik, Harish Naik, Harish Patrakodi, Deekshith and Venugopal had gone fishing at Chaipe on February 9. “Jayaram Naik sustained a bullet injury while walking and died. The police who conducted the investigation have arrested C K Ramachandra Naik and Vishwanath Naik at Koinadu in Sampaje, Kodagu district. They are natives of Kudrepalya in Kodagu district,” said the SP.

Speaking about the accidental shooting, Dr Sharanappa said that Ramachandra Naik and Vishwanath Naik had gone hunting on the day of the incident. 

“Thinking that he heard a wild boar, Ramachandra Naik fired, and his shot hit Jayaram Naik. A single-barrel breech-loading gun was used by Ramachandra Naik.

 The licence for the gun was possessed by Vishwanath Naik. The police have confiscated the gun, the rounds, the torchlight and the clothes from the arrested,” he explained.

The team that cracked the case included Additional Superintendent of Police Vincent Shanthakumar, Puttur ASP C B Ryshyanth, IPS Probationary Assistant Police Superintendent Lakshman Nimbargi and Sullia Circle Inspector Sathish B S. The team will be given cash prize and letter of appreciation, said Dr Sharanappa.

Licensed armsThe DK district police jurisdiction has a total of 9,968 licensed arms. With the Panchayat elections round the corner, the district election officer had ordered that all categories of licensed arms in the district be deposited in the concerned jurisdictional police stations. Accordingly, 99 per cent of the arms have already been deposited with the police stations, while the remaining 137 arms are pending to be deposited, said the officer. 

“Nationalised banks and financial institutions transporting large amount of cash, security agencies providing security services to various organisations and institutions in the district and private gunmen hired by individuals have been exempted from depositing arms. 

Carrying licensed arms from the announcement of election till the declaration of the results has been banned under Section 144 of CrPC, 1973,” he reminded.

Cooperation soughtThe SP has appealed to the public to cooperate with the police in checking hunting or misuse of licensed weapons by informing the police. ­

The police will not disclose the name and address of the informer, he assured, adding, “If anyone is found misusing the licensed arms, then strict action will be initiated against the person.”

 

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