Friday, May 16, 2008

Naxals fired from AK-47 rifle: Police

Udupi (Karnataka) (PTI): Police suspect that the naxal gang which shot dead two persons near Hebri on Thursday night in the district used AK-47 rifles in the attack.

A six-member gang of Naxals barged into the house of Bhoja Shetty and fired indiscriminately.

Shetty, a school teacher, was killed along with his brother-in-law Suresh Shetty in the attack, police said.

While Bhoja Shetty, who received at least six shots died on the spot, Suresh breathed his last on way to a hospital.

Following the attack, anti-naxal police force launched combing operations in the area. The incident took place on the eve of second phase of assembly elections in Karnataka.

Bhoja Shetty's house was raided by Naxals last year, warning him against supporting BJP, a threat he chose to ignore, police said.

Bhoja Shetty had also brought the threats to the notice of police.

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