Bajrang Dal rowdy Bhuvith Shetty among two held for murder of Harish Poojary

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November 19, 2015

Mangaluru, Nov 19: In a shocking revelation, it was found that the murder of Harish Poojary in Bantwal was largely a case of mistaken identity, and the perpetrators of the crime intended to cause harm or take the lives of the victims without any apparent motive, for the sole reason that they belonged to the minority community.

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Addressing media persons in the city on Thursday, IGP (Western Range) Amrit Paul said that Dakshina Kannada police had arrested two accused in connection with the murder of Harish and murder attempt on his friend Sameeullah at Halegetu in Bantwal Rural police station limits, while three more accused were still at large.

The police have arrested Bajrang Dal leader and rowdy-sheeter Bhuvith Shetty (25) and his associate Achyuta (28), near Mani village in Bantwal taluk on Thursday morning.

Bhuvith Shetty had been arrested and released by Bantwal police in August this year after he threatened to assassinate rationalist thinker Prof KS Bhagavan.

Police have confirmed that both the arrested belong to a Hindutva outfit. On prima facie, it appears that the murder was committed without a motive, for the sole purpose of creating a communally tensed atmosphere by committing the murder of a person belonging to the minority community.

During interrogation, it was revealed that the accused targeted Harish and Sameeullah as a reaction to the clashes that erupted over Tipu Jayanti celebration in Madikeri and Bantwal, he said, adding that the victims were targeted by the accused at random believing that both were Muslims.

However, the intention was clear that the accused wanted to commit an innocent person at random, he told mediapersons.

Mr Paul said that the police department had been proposing invoking the Goonda Act on rowdy-sheeter Bhuvith Shetty, which would be invoked after this incident. Previously, the accused Bhuvith had three cases against him under charges of attempt to murder and criminal intimidation, while Achyuth had two cases against him under the same charges.

In connection with the murder-assault of Harish and Sameeullah, the accused have been booked under IPC sections 341, 324, 307, 302 and others, he informed.

It could be recalled here that Harish Poojary and his friend Sameeullah were attacked by the miscreants with lethal weapons on November 12 at Manihalli in Bantwal taluk hours after Sangh Parivar activists tried to disrupt peace by pelting stones at SDPI protesters in BC Road. Harish died soon after the attack and Sameeullah is still recuperating at a hospital.

Clashes: 29 accused arrested in five cases

DK Superintendent of Police Dr S D Sharanappa said that a total of 29 accused had been arrested in five cases in Dakshina Kannada district in connection with stone-pelting in Bantwal town, murder of Harish in Bantwal taluk, stone pelting on a police personnel in Kadaba limits in Puttur taluk and assault on two youth in Uppinangady.

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November 22,2022

Mangaluru, Nov 22: Hardline Hindutva organisations have raised objections to an interfaith couple applying for marriage at a sub-registrar's office here, accusing it to be a case of so called "love jihad".

The incident came to light after the office of registrar invited objections, if any, to the marriage as part of the normal procedure. It had given 30 days' time to register disapproval.

According to sources, the girl is a resident of Darbe near Puttur town in Dakshina Kannada and she is currently staying in Bengaluru. The man is 44-year-old Sheik Mohammad Saleem, a resident of Nyapanahalli in Bengaluru. Both had applied for marriage at a sub-registrar's office.

The development has raised concerns and there is no statement by the police as well as the parents of the girl.

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November 23,2022

Mangaluru, Nov 23: Two of a family lost their lives after allegedly consuming poisonous mushrooms in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.

The deceased are Guruva Mera, 80, and his son Odiyappa, 41. Both residents of Kerimaru house in Puduvettu village which falls under the limits of Dharmasthala police station.

Dakshina Kannada SP Rishikesh Sonawane said according to a complaint when Karta, 60, left home on Monday at around 3 pm, he saw his brother Odiyappa had brought mushrooms from the forest, cleaning it and getting ready to cook the same.

At that time, his father, Guruva Mera, was resting at home. Karta decided to stay in his relative’s house on Monday. When he returned at around 6.30am the next day, he saw that his father and brother were lying outside the house. 

Since they were not responding, he called his relatives and neighbours for help. On realising that they were dead, he went into the house and noticed that the duo had eaten mushrooms.

An unnatural death report has been registered by the police. The case is under investigation by the police.

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November 15,2022

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) on Monday announced a Rs 3 hike in the per-litre prices of Nandini milk and curd that was to take effect on Tuesday but withdrew the decision after prodding from the chief minister's office. 

The KMF cited the increase in processing and maintenance costs in dairy farming in the last two years to announce the hike. Officials said the cost of materials used to prepare cattle fodder had shot up by at least 30 per cent. “By June 2022, we collected close to 94.20 lakh litres of milk a day. But this has come down to 78.80 lakh litres because many small farmers have given up dairy farming due to rising costs," a KMF official said. 

Transport, packaging and electricity costs have also shot up by 20 per cent to 35 per cent, the KMF statement said. Lumpy skin disease and adverse weather conditions also added to farmers’ woes, it added, giving reasons for the hike that had been in the pipeline for nearly a year.

A source in the KMF said farmers had demanded a hike of Rs 5 per litre. “With mounting costs, farmers were demanding a Rs 5 hike. Many unions pay farmers Rs 2 to Rs 3 more from their reserve fund so that they don't drop out. The price rise was necessary to prevent losses to farmers and Rs 3 will be given entirely to farmers,” a senior KMF official said. 

By Monday evening, however, the hike was put on hold, ostensibly because the government was wary of public backlash with assembly elections just seven months away.

Speaking to reporters in Sedam, Kalaburagi district, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that a final decision on the milk price hike would be taken after November 20 by convening a meeting of the KMF chairman and senior officials. 

Following the chief minister's statement, an official confirmed that the KMF chairman had withdrawn the order. 

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