Cook’s murder triggers protests

Staff Correspondent

Mourners block Hubli-Dharwad highway, keep the body on road

DHARWAD: The traffic on old national highway between Hubli and Dharwad on Saturday was thrown out of gear for almost half an hour following protest over the murder of a cook.

The family members and relatives along with the residents of Sattur alleged that even after the murder of the cook Basavaraj Chanabasappanavar (50), not one member of the management board of the Basaveshwar Rural D.Ed College at Sattur had come to meet the bereaved family members.

The protesters parked the vehicle carrying the body of the cook in the middle of the road and refused to take it for funeral. In between, some protesters went on a rampage on the college campus, damaging name boards and a few window panes. However, the police arrived at the scene and brought the situation under control.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Crime), who was on his way to Dharwad, convinced the villagers to withdraw their agitation.

According to police sources, the cook was killed on the spot on Friday night after he was hit by a security guard of the college who was in an inebriated state.

According to them, security guard Basavaraj Kariyappa Palegar (35) was quarrelling with his wife on Friday night and even threatened to kill her when she refused to give money for liquor.

The college staff reportedly tried to pacify him, but he attacked them.

On hearing the commotion, cook Basavaraj Chanabassappanavar came out and tried to pacify the guard. The guard hit the cook on the face with a club.

The Vidyagiri police have registered a case and the guard has been arrested.

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