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Main accused in Varikar murder case arrested

By Our Special Correspondent

GULBARGA, JUNE 22. The police fired two rounds in the air and arrested Basaiah Swamy, alleged associate of slain supari killer, Chandappa Harijan, at V.K. Salagar Cross in Aland taluk on June 19.

Disclosing this to presspersons here today, the Superintendent of Police, Ramachandra Rao, said the police seized a country-made pistol, six bullets, a dagger and other weapons from Basaiah Swamy, main accused in the murder of Chandrakant Varikar at Khajori village in Aland taluk in April 2003.

Dr. Rao said the arrest of Basaiah Swamy was a breakthrough in the murder case in which the police were yet to file chargesheet. The police had raided the hideouts of Basaiah Swamy at Kohinoor in Basavakalyan taluk and in some villages in Aland taluk without any success. Based on a tip off that Basaiah Swamy and his associates would visit Khajori on June 19, the police laid a trap and arrested Basaiah Swamy after firing two rounds in the air near V.K. Salagar Cross. However, two of his accomplices, Sharanappa and Ramesh, who were also wanted in the Varikar murder case, escaped under the cover of darkness.

He said based on the information provided by Basaiah Swamy, the police arrested Nagappa Dangapur and Firoz. They were also wanted in the murder case. Basaiah Swamy had revealed that he was paid Rs. 30,000 to murder Varikar.

Dr. Rao said Basaiah Swamy and Varikar were members of the Chandappa Harijan gang. After the death of Chandappa Harijan in an encounter few years ago, Varikar became the leader of the gang. Later, Basaiah Swamy formed a gang following differences with Varikar over sharing extortion money.

He said Basaiah Swamy and his associates murdered Varikar in April 2003. Based on a complaint by the brother of Varikar, the police had registered murder cases against 22 people. They had arrested 17 persons in connection with the murder so far. Basaiah Swamy faced many cases, including murder, attempt to murder and extortion, filed in some police stations of Gulbarga district and other parts of the State, he added.

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