Belagavi: The Karnataka police on Friday October 8 cracked the murder case of a youth who was killed for being in love with a girl of another faith, and arrested 10 persons including the parents of the girl, in the state’s Belagavi district.
Following the investigation, it was revealed that the girl’s parents had handed a contract to a Hindu outfit leader to eliminate the youth.
The arrested individuals have been identified as the girl’s father Erappa Kambara, mother Susheela Kambara, Sriramasena Hindustan Taluk unit President Pundalika a.k.a. Maharaja Mutagekar, Qutubuddin Bepari, Prahlad Sugate, Manjunath Gondali, Ganapathi Sugate, Prashanth Patil, Praveen Poojeri, and Sridhar Doni.
The police had recovered the body of one Arbaaz Mulla, 24, near railway tracks in the outskirts of Khanapur town on September 28. The accused had hacked him to death and threw the body on the railway track to make it look like a case of suicide.
However, the police managed to trace the deceased’s identity, and the youth’s mother Nazeema Mulla lodged a complaint against the girl’s parents and Pundalika.
The police came to know that Arbaaz was in love with a Hindu girl for four years and wanted to marry her.
The girl’s parents, after coming to know about it, warned him not to continue the relationship with their daughter.
Their relationship, however, continued even as the girl’s family moved out of the town.
When all attempts to stop Arbaaz from meeting their daughter failed, they had approached Pundalika and gave him “supari” or contract of Rs 60,000 to hack Arbaaz to death.
Pundalika had called Arbaaz and threatened to finish him off if he continues meeting the girl. He had also made him delete all the pictures with a girl on his mobile phone, the police said.
Later, the accused had demanded money from Arbaaz and called him near the railway track with the help of another accused Qutubuddin Bepari.
After taking money, the accused hacked him to death and threw the body on the railway track.
The Railway police that had registered the case initially transferred it to Khanapur police station.
A special team was formed by Belagavi Superintendent of Police (SP) Lakshman Nimbargi to crack the case. The team headed by Additional SP Amarnath Reddy and Bylahongala Deputy SP Shivananda Katagi succeeded to arrest the accused persons.
All the accused were presented at Khanapur court and sent to judicial custody.