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Yuva Janata Dal (S) leader murdered

Staff Correspondent

It is suspected that political rivalry and differences over widening a road led to the murder

DAVANGERE: President of the Nandigavi Gram Panchayat and Yuva Janata Dal (Secular) leader Ajjanna, 37, was murdered at Nandigavi village here on Tuesday afternoon allegedly by 10 persons.

It is suspected that political rivalry and differences over widening a road under the Swarna Jayanti Rozgar Yojana led to the murder.

It is said that Mr. Ajjanna was returning from the fields when the accused, who were hiding in a house, attacked him with weapons. After killing him, they fled the scene on motorcycles, according to eyewitnesses. Mr. Ajjanna, who sustained injuries, was rushed to a hospital. The doctors there declared him "brought dead." Tension prevailed in Nandigavi and parts of Harihar following the murder.

A large number of people, including Janata Dal (Secular) workers, assembled at the hospital where the body was brought for post-mortem. Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range) M.F. Pasha and Superintendent of Police Shivakumar rushed to the spot.

They are camping in the village, according to the report reaching here.

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