Bengaluru: Father fatally shoots son over liquor money dispute in Kamakshipalya
In Kamakshipalya, Bengaluru, a familial dispute over money turned tragic as 32-year-old Narthan Bopanna was fatally shot by his father, Suresh, during a heated argument. Suresh, described as an alcoholic, was apprehended by the police. The incident unfolded in their residence, leading to Narthan's critical injuries and eventual death in a hospital. The police have registered a case in connection with the shocking crime.
In a tragic incident at their Kamakshipalya residence on Thursday, a 58-year-old former security guard allegedly fired a fatal shot through his closed bedroom door, killing his 35-year-old son. Suresh Bopanna, enraged by his son Narthan Bopanna's refusal to give him money for liquor, had barricaded himself inside the room as Narthan implored him to come out. Following a complaint lodged by Narthan’s younger sister, Shwetha Boppanna, the Kamakshipalya police took immediate action, booking Suresh for murder and subsequently placing him under arrest.
According to police reports, Suresh, a former security guard, possessed licenses for two single-barrel breech-loader guns. He utilized one of these firearms to shoot at Narthan around 3:40 pm. Narthan sustained severe injuries and was promptly transported to a private hospital in Basaveshwaranagar. Despite medical intervention, Narthan succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6:20 pm.
Upon investigation, it was discovered that Narthan was positioned outside the bedroom door, which had been locked by Suresh. Prior to this, the father and son had engaged in a heated argument regarding the purchase of alcohol.
“Angered, Suresh locked himself in the room. Narthan was standing outside the door, asking his father to open it. Suresh lifted the gun, aimed at the door and shot. Unfortunately, the bullet pierced the door and hit Narthan a little below his heart. As he fell down and screamed, Suresh opened the door and was shell-shocked to see that his bullet had hit Narthan. By then, Narthan called his younger sister Shwetha and told her what had happened. Shwetha called another relative, who lives closeby, and they shifted Narthan to a hospital. Suresh, who had stayed back home, washed the bloodstains on the floor, trying to destroy the evidence,” a cop was quoted as saying.
Upon Narthan's passing at the hospital, Suresh was present at home. Police promptly apprehended him following the tragic event.
Both Suresh and Narthan were without employment. Suresh had battled alcohol addiction and had resigned from his job long ago. In contrast, Narthan, a diploma holder, held a position as an executive at a supermarket. He made the difficult decision to leave his job to care for his bedridden mother, whose health was deteriorating. Tragically, she was immobile and defenseless in bed when her son fell victim to the gunshot fired by her husband.
Narthan assumed responsibility for the family's financial obligations, with support from his sister, Shwetha, and her husband, according to sources. Originating from Napoklu in Madikeri, the family's struggle encapsulates the challenges faced by many amidst familial strife and adversity.