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Santosh killed for objecting to ganja smoking: Eyewitness

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Tells police that trigger for fight was not politically motivated

Amid protests by the BJP over the murder of party member Santosh, allegedly by the son of a Congress worker, an eyewitness has told the police that the trigger for the fight was not politically motivated.

In his statement to the police, Ashok, 27, who witnessed the attack, said Santosh had taken objection to the prime accused Wasim smoking marijuana.

The victim was returning with friends after a celebratory party on January 31 at a local bar when he crossed paths with Waseem and his friend who were allegedly smoking marijuana near a bakery at Chinnappa Garden in J.C. Nagar police limits. Santosh had decided to throw a party to celebrate his birthday on January 30 and the birth of his nephew the next day, Ashok, who had been invited to the party, told the police.

Around 6.15 p.m., Ashok, the victim and two other friends — Rajendra and Ravichandra — ran into Waseem and his friends. The two groups clashed, and Waseem allegedly stabbed Santosh, who later succumbed to his injuries. Ashok and his friends first took Santosh to a local hospital in the area, from where he was shifted to another where the doctors declared him as “brought dead”, Ashok said in his complaint.

Santosh’s friends and family, however, have maintained that the two had clashed in the past several times, most recently over flex banners and buntings that the victim had put up to celebrate Vivekananda Jayanti two weeks ago.

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