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Sullia shootout is a case of mistaken identity: SP

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Mangaluru: Two persons have been arrested in connection with the shootout of a person in Sullia who had gone fishing.

The arrested are identified as CK Ramachandra (41) and Vishwanath Naik (38), originally hailing from Kodagu. Based on information from credible sources that they were going back to Kodagu to hide, the police arrested them from Koyanadu in Sampaje.

On the night of February 9, Jayaram Naik, employed as a supervisor in a plantation in Challangaya, his brother Harish Naik, Harish Patrakodi, Venugopal and Deekshith had visited the Mapalakaje rivulet in Todikana, Sullia, to catch fish. A bullet which was fired by another team hit Jayaram killing him on the spot.

Addressing a press meet today, Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police Dr Sharanappa said that as per details collected so far from the accused, it was a case of mistaken identity. He said that the accused have informed that police that one of the accused – Ramachandra mistook Jayaram for a wild boar and fired at him using Vishwanath’s licensed gun. Only then he realized that he had killed a human in place of a wild boar.

Sharanappa said that ammunition, torchlight and clothes used on the day of killing have been seized adding that further investigation is in place.

Asked if the two parties knew each other, Sharanappa said that it might be the case as the two parties were staying in neighbouring villages.

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