Bookshop owner done to death in Shimoga

SHIMOGA NOV. 13. C.S. Venkatesh Shetty (40), who was running a bookstore in the city, was found murdered on Thursday morning.

It is said that the vehicle in which Venkatesh was travelling was intercepted by some persons, who reportedly assaulted Venkatesh and took him away in the same vehicle.

This is the second murder in the city within a gap of 10 days after the murder of the journalist and social worker, U.V. Manjunath Aithal, and his wife, Kalavathi, at their farmhouse near Gajanur on November 4 shocked the city.

According to sources, Ventakesh's van was stopped by some persons who dragged him out of the vehicle and assaulted him around 10 p.m. on Wednesday near the zilla panchayat office on Kuvempu Road.

It is said that Venkatesh was on his way to his house situated in Gandhinagar.

He was allegedly taken away in the same vehicle by the attackers.

It is said that many heard Venkatesh shouting for help.

Police launched a search operation in and around the city following the complaint lodged by his relatives when he failed to return home on Wednesday night. But it was in the morning at around 10 a.m. that the police found Venkatesh's van abandoned near an areca plantation at Hosakoppa on the Gajanur Road, about 8 km. from here.

The body of Venkatesh with multiple injuries was reportedly found in the van.

It is said that the gold chain and ring worn by Venkatesh were found on his person.

When contacted, the Superintendent of Police, H.N. Siddanna, told The Hindu that rivalry appeared to be the motive for the murder.

He said special police teams had been sent to various places to trace the attackers.