'Pickpocket' stabbed to death in broad daylight

'Pickpocket' stabbed to death in broad daylight

Handiwork of former associates suspected

A 30-year-old man was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Udaygiri police station limits on Friday. Aslam Pasha, son of Abdul Rasheed, a resident of No 130, Quba Mosque Road, Udaygiri is the deceased. Though he was a painter by profession, he was also a pickpocket, according to police personnel.

Quoting an eyewitness, police said, “Pasha was standing near Al-Badr Mosque in the same locality at around 3 pm, when two bike-borne men stopped the vehicle in front of him. The duo alighted from the bike and started to stab Pasha. Alert passersby went to rescue Pasha, who collapsed following multiple stab injuries on his body. He had been stabbed on his chest, abdomen and back, besides sustaining cuts on his right hand in an attempt to shield himself.

When one of the passersby tried to nab the assailants, one among them warned a person at knife point, while another threw the dagger aside, before fleeing on the vehicle. The police have seized the weapon.

It is suspected that, Akbar and Basheer former associates of Pasha may have done the latter to death.

Following the incident, police personnel rushed to the spot and also seized the CCTV camera, fixed atop the terrace of the Al Badr mosque. The camera was focused on the spot where Pasha was murdered.

Post-mortem was conducted at the mortuary attached to Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC and RI), before handing over the body to the relatives on Friday evening.

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With the incident happening less than two weeks after the death of BJP worker Raju, who was murdered in the same locality on March 13, the police swung into action as a precautionary measure to contain communal flare-up, if any. Moreover, Pasha’s murder was initially suspected to be the fallout of Raju’s murder, but later turned out to be personal enmity behind the same. Not willing to take any chances, additional police personnel were deputed and shopkeepers on main thoroughfares of the locality, mainly Azeez Sait Double Road, (Mahadevapura Main Road) were told to down shutters. A case has been registered and investigation is on.
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