FIR against 7 sus­pects in JD(S) worker killing, no ar­rest yet

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Bengaluru: Seven peo­ple have been booked for the killing of a JD(S) worker, that has erupted into a big po­lit­i­cal row af­ter Chief Min­is­ter H D Ku­maraswamy’s call to “shoot” the killers “mer­ci­lessly”.

Old ri­valry or a po­lit­i­cal mo­tive may be be­hind the killing, Ad­di­tional Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Mandya district Balaramegowda said.

“We have not ar­rested any­one yet. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are on. We have reg­is­tered an FIR against seven sus­pects,” he said.

The ASP said the sus­pects have been booked un­der sec­tion 302 (mur­der) and 307 (at­tempt to mur­der) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code.

“Old ri­valry seems to be the mo­tive; there may also be a po­lit­i­cal mo­tive,” he said. Prakash was hacked to death on Mon­day evening al­legedly by four men in Mad­dur town of Mandya district, which is a JD(S) strong­hold. The killing sparked ten­sion in and around Mad­dur as the vic­tim’s sup­port­ers and party work­ers staged a protest by block­ing a road.

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