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BJP leader hacked to death in Karnataka’s Dharwad

A BJP zilla panchayat member was hacked to death by a group of men at a gym in Dharwad on Wednesday, police said.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2016 22:09 IST
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Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar demanded an “impartial” probe into the incident.
Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar demanded an “impartial” probe into the incident.(Sushil Kumar/HT Photo)

A BJP zilla panchayat member was hacked to death by a group of men at a gym in Dharwad on Wednesday, police said.

The deceased has been identified as Yogeesh Goudar, a member of the Hebballi constituency, police said.

He sustained injuries on the head and neck after being attacked with lethal weapons, they said, adding that a special team has been formed to probe the case.

Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar demanded an “impartial” probe into the incident. He also expressed “doubts” about a political conspiracy behind the murder.

Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, state home minister G Parameshwara said: “Investigation is on in this murder. I have directed officials to nab the culprits as soon as possible. One suspicion is that there was a land dispute he was involved in.”

Dharwad district in-charge minister Vinay Kulkarni said the chief minister was aware of the incident.

“Investigation is going on and action will be taken against those involved,” he said.

Asked about a tiff some Congress leaders had with him during the local body elections recently, he said: “During elections, blame game is common from both sides, but that should not be counted as enmity.”

His brother was also murdered by a group of men few years ago.