Gang of six hacks to death 'police informant'

Gang of six hacks to death 'police informant'

A 24-year-old man, said to be a police informant, was hacked to death by a gang of six in Kamalanagar on Wednesday morning.

History-sheeter Spot Naga suspected that Sunil B, the victim, was providing information about him to the police. Naga wanted to take revenge on Sunil, who had attempted to murder him in the past. Sunil and Naga were neighbours on Chandrappa Road in Kamalanagar and nursed a grudge against each other, the police said.

The incident occurred at 8.40 am, when Sunil stepped out of his house after breakfast.

He was chased by a gang of six including Naga, all wielding machetes, Sunil’s relatives said. Sensing danger, Sunil rushed inside a neighbour’s house for safety, but the gang followed him into the house. They hacked and stabbed him repeatedly. Sunil’s mother Usha (45) and grandfather Thyagaraj (70), who rushed to his help, were also assaulted.

“My grandson was hacked and stabbed multiple times in front of my daughter and me,” said Thyagaraj. He identified the assailants as Naga and his five associates, who fled the spot after committing the crime. “Though Sunil had a couple of cases registered against him, he was an informant to the police. Naga believed it was Sunil who tipped off the police about his whereabouts whenever he committed crimes,” Sunil’s uncle Mani told DH. However, senior police officers maintained Sunil was not an informant. “He (Sunil) was accused in two cases, including an attempt to murder case. He was released from jail two weeks ago,” said M N Anucheth, DCP (west).

Naga’s family members justified the murder. His sister Gowri said, soon after coming out of jail on bail, Sunil used to taunt Naga. He used to ask Naga whether he must be sent to hospital again, she said, showing pictures of her brother being attacked by Sunil, last year.

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