Ganeshotsav festival takes tragic turn; HIndu Jagaran Vedike leader hacked to death

Puttur: The city police, on Wednesday (September 4) said that a 30-year-old man was stabbed to death by a gang in public view during Ganeshotsav festival at Puttur in Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, over alleged personal rivalry.

The deceased, Karthik Merla, was the secretary of Hindu Jagaran Vedike (HJV). He was attending the Yakshagana programme during the festival celebrations on Tuesday night (September 3) when the gang allegedly stabbed him to death near the Sampya police station.

The situation turned tense in the communally sensitive district after news of the murder spread like wildfire. BJP MP Shoba Karandlaje took to Twitter and urged the state government to take action against the culprits.

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