BANGALORE: A rowdy was hacked to death and three others were injured in a gang war near Gangotri Circle at Jai Bheema Nagar on Sunday afternoon.
Babu alias ‘Nakara’ Babu (40) was killed in revenge for the gruesome murder of Vijay Kumar alias Kavala, another rowdy-sheeter, in June, police said.
Babu’s associates Vishwanath alias Vishwa (29), Heeralal Prasad (35), and Lakshmanan (30) were injured in the incident.
Vishwanath and Prasad have rowdy sheets in various police stations and were under the police’s eye for criminal activities.
Babu was the prime accused in Vijay Kumar’s murder. He had recently come out of jail after getting bail, senior police officials told Express. Kavala and Babu were once friends. Later, they parted ways following a financial dispute. It is suspected that Babu killed Kavala as he was attacking his men, the police said.
According to preliminary reports from the police, the Babu’s gang and members of Kavala Vijay Kumar’s gang were called for a meeting to social worker Raj Kamal’s house at Jai Bheem Nagar.
Raj Kamal seems to have had contacts with both the gangs and had acted as a mediator. The four members of Babu’s gang were waiting on the ground floor of his house when two white Innova cars stopped in front of the house and 12 men came out of it. Seeing the number of men and sensing the danger, Babu and his associates ran upstairs - to the first floor where Raj Kamal and his family lived.
An ardent Kamal Hassan fan, Raj Kamal has covered the corridor on the first floor of his house with a huge board wishing happy birthday to Kamal Hassan. Because it covers most of the corridor, it is difficult to see what may have happened there. Neighbours only heard the screams and saw the men running outside, the police said.
Soon after the killing, the 12 men rushed into their Innovas and escaped from the scene. Minutes after the incident, the Madiwala police, who were informed by the public, rushed to the scene.
The house has at least four CCTV cameras, and police hope that they might have captured the images of the killers. “This is the result of a gang war and we have definite clues into who may have attacked the four men. We are confident of nabbing them soon,” City Police Commisisoner M N Reddi said.
“Raj Kamal, who had organised the mediation, is absconding. We have launched a manhunt to arrest him and soon he will be under police net,” a senior police officer said.
“Hearing loud screams coming from the neighbouring house I came out of our house and I saw a man holding a machette dripping with blood,” Shama (name changed) said. She said she ran down from her terrace where she was drying clothes. She went inside her house and locked all the doors.
Realising what was happening, Shama then ran downstairs. The gate to her house was open, and children including her own were playing just inside the gates. A large crowd was already gathering in the area.
“Right in front of our gate was another man. He seemed unconscious and he was covered in blood. I was too scared to do anything. I saw Raj Kamal’s wife screaming and running out of the house,” she said.
Vijay Kumar alias Kavala (40) was brutally hacked to death in Hosur in Tamil Nadu, by five miscreants, who blocked his car near the state border, threw chilly powder on his face and attacked him with weapons.