Udupi, Sept 26: Police have arrested five persons in connection with the coldblooded murder of rowdy-sheeter Kishan Hegde. The police produced all the arrested including Manoj Kodikere before court.
Hegde was hacked to death in broad daylight near Veerabhadra temple in Hiriyadka on September 24. The investigation into the case has revealed that the murder was committed over financial issues.
Hegde along with two others – Hariprasad Shetty and Divyaraj Shetty had been to Hiriyadka and parked the car near the temple. At this time few people, armed with weapons, approached their vehicle from the front and smashed its windshield. One of the attackers, identified as Manoj assaulted Hegde with a sword.
Hegde tried to escape his attackers but he was chased and assaulted repeatedly. He succumbed to his wound on the spot. Hariprasad and Divyaraj tried to stop the attackers, however, the former suffered injuries on his head and is being treated at a hospital. Divyaraj somehow managed to escape from there.
The assailants escaped in a white Ritz car and light yellow Innova car, both of which went towards Karkala side.
A complaint was filed by Divyaraj at Hiriadka station and a case has been registered under IPC sections 143, 147, 148, 341, 324, 307, 504, 506, 302, 427 and 149.
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