Bantwal, Jun 21: In spite of the prolonged prohibitory orders and tightened security measures, violence has recurred in Bantwal taluk. This time miscreants have brutally murdered an activist of Social Democratic Party of India at Benjanapadavu village in broad daylight.
The victim has been identified as Mohammed Ashraf (33) a resident of Malluru Kalai and president of the SDPI’s Ammunje unit in Bantwal. He was an auto rickshaw driver by profession.
According to sources, the miscreants attacked Ashraf after he dropped a passenger who had hired his auto rickshaw from Kalai to Karavali Site at Benganapadavu near Kallige on Wednesday morning.
The gang of armed miscreants who came on three motorbikes surrounded Ashraf all of a sudden when he had parked his three-wheeler in front of a house. A helpless Ashraf ran inside a house to save himself from the assailants.
However the miscreants barged into the house and dragged him out before brutally attacking him with lethal weapons. While fleeing, the miscreants have left a sword on the floor of the house.
Earlier in the day Ashraf had participated in SDPI’s flag hoisting ceremony as part of the foundation day of the party at Kalai. Later, he led a shramadan programme at Kalai and filled potholes on the road along with local residents.
The body was shifted to AJ Hospital in Mangaluru for post mortem before handing over to the family members. Dozens of SDPI activists thronged the hospital when the mortal remains were brought the hospital.
The fresh murder has triggered tension across Bantwal taluk. People in Kalladka and Melkar villages of taluk are observing a bandh in protest against the violence.
In the wake of murder, Dakshina Kannada district administration is likely to extend prohibitory orders in Bantwal taluk. As per earlier order, the Section 144 under CrPC ends tonight.