SDPI activist murdered in Bantwal

Unidentified miscreants murdered an autorockshaw driver, who was also an activist of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), at Ramanagara in Bantwal on Wednesday.

Mohammed Ashraf Kalai (35), a resident of Ammunje near Polali, was heading the SDPI unit of Ammunje. The incident came to light when fellow drivers heard him screaming and lying in a pool of blood.

They rushed to the spot and saw six persons, who were wearing helmets, leaving in two-wheelers. The police have seized a helmet and machete from the spot.

The place of incident is six km away from Kalladka, where a group clash was reported on June 13.  As a precautionary measure, the police closed down all the business establishments in Kalladka, B C Road, Farangipete, Thumbe and Melkar.

SP Bhushan Borase, IGP (Western range) P Harishekaran and other senior police officers rushed to the spot.

Meanwhile, prohibitory orders have been extended in Dakshina Kannada, except under Mangaluru Police Commissionerate limits, till midnight of June 27 following murder. 

Security has been strengthened in the Bantwal taluk including Mani, Kalladka, B C Road and Kaikamba. Additional police forces from Chikkamagaluru, Udupi, 10 DAR and KSRP platoons have been deployed.

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