MYSURU: A prisoner, who was stabbed by another inmate inside the Mysore Central Jail following a fight, succumbed to injuries on Thursday. Musthafa Kavoor (30), an accused in the murder of a Bajrang Dal activist, was stabbed with a sharpened spoon by Kiran Shetty (29). Musthafa died at KR Hospital.
Prison sources said constant quarrels between the two and provocation by Musthafa may have led to Kiran stabbing him. They alleged it was a pre-meditated killing as Kiran had a sharpened spoon ready with him. Both hail from Mangaluru. Musthafa was an accused in the October 2015 murder of Prashanth Poojari, a flower merchant and Bajrang Dal activist from Moodbidre.
While police denied any communal angle to the killing, SDPI members alleged it was a planned murder in the wake of Tipu Jayanti celebrations.
Mustafa had been transferred from Mangaluru prison to Mysuru in July. Prison sources say the two used to often pick quarrels and recently had a brawl over switching TV channels. On Thursday too, they had an argument over a petty issue.
Police Commissioner Subramaneshwara Rao, DCP Rudramuni and others visited the Mysuru jail on Thursday.