5 held for SDPI activist's murder

The Dakshina Kannada district police and Mangaluru CCB sleuths, on Saturday, arrested five persons at Padubidri in Udupi district four days after the murder of auto driver and SDPI activist Mohammed Ashraf. The police have seized four two-wheelers, a machete and a knife from the arrested.

The arrested are Pavan Kumar alias Punda (24) of Pudu village in Bantwal, Santhosh alias Santhu (23), Shivaprasad alias Shivu (24), both residents of Thumbe, Ranjith (28) of Pudu and Abhin Rai alias Abhi (23) of Thenkabellur in Bantwal taluk, IGP (western range) P Harishekaran told mediapersons. He said Ashraf, a resident of Kalayi, was murdered near Benjanapadavu by motorcycle-borne miscreants on June 21.

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