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Two held for burning woman, son alive

The Magadi police have arrested two persons on the charge of murdering a woman and her son by setting their house on fire at Manchanabele in Ramanagara district.

The suspects have been identified as Rajakumar alias Babu, 42, a provision store owner in Ramangara and Prabhu Gowda, 40, who runs a poultry farm. Four other suspects are at large and they would be arrested soon, said the police.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects and victims were involved in a land dispute which led to the murder.

Bomme Gowda got six acres at Alagur at Malavalli taluk of Mandya district and five acres at Manchanabele as his share in the ancestral properties. Gowda’s relative Tirumalaiah was given 11 acres at Alagur. There was heavy pressure on Gowda by his relatives to sell his  property at Alagur, but Gowda had ignored the demand, said the police.

He was attacked by his relatives about one-and-half-years ago.


The suspects decided to murder Gowda and his family members as he was unwilling to sell the property, added the police.Gowda suffered injuries while his son Bharath (19) — a second year student of Rajarajeshwari Engineering College on Mysuru Road — was burnt alive.

Gowda’s wife Vijayalakshmi (45) succumbed to severe burns at Victoria Hospital. Gowda suffered 30 per cent burns and is battling for life in a hospital.

The suspects locked  the front and rear doors of the house from outside at about 12.30 am while the family was asleep and set the house on fire during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.

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