A 35-year-old bus owner was hacked to death with machetes and swords by a group of persons near Kadri Park on Friday, the police said.

The bus owner, Anish Shetty, a resident of Mudipu, came to the park after being called on his mobile phone by a person known to him. He stood with his friends near the entrance of the park.

Around 10 a.m., a few persons came in a vehicle and attacked him with machetes and swords, police said. The assaulters reportedly threatened Mr. Shetty’s friends against intervening during the attack. As Mr. Shetty collapsed, the assaulters went away in the vehicle.

Mangalore Police Commissioner R. Hithendra said it was too early to say whether the killing was an act of revenge. Mr. Shetty was an accused in cases related to dacoity, illegal possession of arms and other crimes.

‘Life threat’ to ex-president of TMC

The former president of Puttur Town Municipal Council Rajesh Bennur has lodged a police complaint saying he has been receiving abusive messages and life-threatening calls. In a complaint filed before the Puttur Town Police, Mr. Bennur said in the last one month he has received 250 calls threatening his life and similar number of abusive messages on his mobile phone.

KSRTC buses collide

Two KSRTC buses had a head-on collision but the passengers escaped unhurt at Udane near Puttur on Thursday. According to police, the driver of the bus bound for Mangalore reportedly tried to overtake a vehicle at a turn in Udane and hit the in-coming KSRTC Volvo bus.

Jeep overturns

Five persons received minor injures when their jeep overturned in Patte near Puttur on Thursday night. They were going to Patte from Udane. The police said the driver lost control of the vehicle, leading to the accident.

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