Cong candidate's supporter found murdered

Leader alleges politically motivated

John’s body bore knife injuries. Reddy and his supporters allege that the murder was politically motivated, but police said John was murdered by his relatives.

Speaking to Deccan Herald Reddy said: “John was with me till 10.30 pm near Nayandraturbrahalli. Later, he walked down the street to reach his home, when he was attacked by six men. Definitely, there is a political motive behind this.”

Auto John, a Congress worker had joined BJP and only recently shifted his loyalty to his parent party.

The Doddanekundi ward is witnessing a straight fight between Congress and BJP in the BBMP polls.  Police from the HAL station where the complaint is lodged, however, said the murder was the result of a drunken brawl and claims of ‘political motive’ were highly misplaced.

They suspect John was hacked to death with a chisel near his house allegedly by his father-in-law, Dankanachari and brother-in-law Dhananjay after a fight broke out between them over John’s second marriage. A profusely bleeding John was rushed to a hospital in K R Puram and later shifted to Bowring Hospital.

However, he died on the way to the hospital, said sources in police.

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