Taking law into their hands on sighting a youth and a girl being together, four persons assaulted a 20-year-old man on the Surathkal beach on Friday afternoon.

Surathkal police said the 20-year-old Nissar was with a girl on the beach when four persons stopped him and rained blows on him. The police reached the spot and took the attackers into custody. They took Nissar for treatment at a private hospital in Falnir and said the youth had bruises all over his body.

Nissar was a relative of Kalandar Shakeel, who had been attacked by four persons in Kulai on January 20. Disputing the police version, Nissar’s relative Jamal Kulai said Nissar was abducted by his assaulters when he was on this way to a computer centre in Surathkal. He was taken to beach and beaten up. Mr. Kulai claimed he was not with any girl “as claimed by police”, adding, “We are yet to hear from Nissar, who was not in a condition to speak.”

Woman ‘strangulated’

A newly-married woman was strangled allegedly by her husband at their house in Kanyana, Bantwal taluk, on Friday. In the complaint to Vittal Police, Ugappa Gowda said his daughter Savita (27), who had been married eight months ago to Devi Prasad, had collapsed on Thursday night. As she was being admitted to a hospital in Puttur, marks were noticed on her neck.

In his complaint, Mr. Gowda has said his daughter was being abused and harassed by Mr. Prasad, who was unemployed. The couple had undergone counselling, but the domestic harassment had flared up again in the past few weeks, said the police.

While a case under Section 498 (a) of the IPC (domestic abuse or cruelty) has been filed, the police will file murder charges after the post-mortem report.

Motorist killed

A 55-year-old scooterist died when he was reportedly knocked down by a city bus at Hosabettu on Friday evening.

Surathkal police said Mohammed Hussain, a resident of Krishnapura, fell off his scooter after it was hit by the bus owned by Vishal Travels. The scooter was moving ahead of the bus and both were coming towards the city. Mohammed Hussain died on the spot, the police said.

Theft

Gold ornaments, cash and kerosene, cumulatively worth more than Rs. 23,500, was stolen from a house in Vamanapadavu near Punjalkatte on Thursday night.

Punjalkatte police said Narayana Poojary (39) and his family had locked their house to spend the night in his sister’s house. On their return on Friday morning, they found the lock of their door broken.

Man kills self

Allegedly fearing police action after domestic violence, a 40-year-old daily-wage labourer hanged himself from a tree near his residence at Sajipanadu, Bantwal taluk early on Friday.

A complaint with Bantwal Rural Police said Ravindra (40) had returned home on Thursday night and started an argument with his wife Shyamala. He reportedly missed in his attempt to strike her with a club, and instead struck his mother-in-law Mala. Mala was admitted to a hospital in Mangalore. Fearing a criminal case against him, Mr. Ravindra hanged himself on Friday, police said.

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