Communal tension grips Sirngeri after ‘encounter’, Local residents call it a coldblooded murder

Sringeri, Apr 19: A tense atmosphere prevailed in Sringeri town of Chikmagalur district after the brutal killing of a Mangalorean youth by the sleuths of Anti Naxal Force. Kabeer from Krishnapur in Mangalore was gunned down in the early hours of Saturday near Sringer check-post while he and four others were transporting cattle from Theerthahalli to Mangalore on a pick-up truck.
The ANF justified the act saying that they mistook the group for Naxals.
The incident has triggered communal tension in the region. It is learnt that Sangh Parivar activists tried to attack the victim’s family members, who visited Sringeri to bring back the dead body. They also have reportedly pelted stones at few vehicles.

However, local police did not confirm the incident.

Coldblooded Murder?
Even though ANF has claimed that they mistook the group for Naxals, local residents felt that it was a deliberate murder.
“Now, ANF is claiming that they had to open fire in self-defence. They are accusing the cattle traders of carrying lethal weapons. This is an apparent lie. Deep bullet wound on the chest of the dead body proves that ANF personnel fired fatal shot from a close range,” said a local resident on condition of anonymity. Another resident said that ANF personnel are well aware of the fact that there are no naxals in the region.
“They have killed the youth only after seeing cattle inside their pick-up truck,” he said adding that it was a coldblooded murder and not an act of self- defence.

Mangalore, Apr 19: In a shocking incident, sleuths of Anti-Naxal Force gunned down a Mangalorean near Sringeri chekpost on Chikmagalur-Karkala state highway in the wee hours of Saturday. The victim has been identified as Kabeer (30), son of Idinabba, from Krishnapura, Surathkal. He was one among the five people who were transporting cattle from Theerthahalli to Mangalore on a pick-up truck.

ANF sources said that the sleuths mistook the group for Naxals and opened fire near Sringri chekpost. Kabeer died on spot. Another person identified as Sarfaraz, a resident of Jokatte was taken into custody by ANF.

Rafeeq, a resident of Jokatte and driver Pramod managed to escape. Shekabba from Jokatte, who also managed to escape, is missing after the incident. Rafeeq speaks Rafeeq, after reaching Mangalore, told Coastaldigest.com that he and four others were plying cattle from Theerthahalli to Mangalore via Sringeri in a pick-up truck early on Saturday, when they were stopped at a check-post in Srigeri. While he and the driver Pramod alighted from the truck to sign their entry at the check-post, he heard loud firing by the ANF vigil team personnel.
He said that he fled from the scene after he heard the ANF team opening fire at his companions at the Sringeri check-post. He said that he, Pramod and Sheikabba escaped being captured by the ANF personnel, and ran for their lives.
There were two others in the rear of the pick-up truck. Being a resident of Jokatte, he returned to his hometown and sought the help of local MLA B A Moidin Bava.
According to Rafeeq, he found out about the death of his companion Kabeer only after he reached Mangalore. Kabeer was related to Rafeeq; he was the son of Rafeeq’s uncle. He said that another companion Sarfaraz was taken into custody by the ANF personnel at the spot.

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