Hubballi murder investigation reveals Akash was murdered by his friend

One of the friends punched Akash in the forehead after the latter poured more alcohol for himself.
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Akash Matapati Photo | Special arrangement

HUBBALLI: The investigation into the death of 30-year-old Akash Matapati revealed that the deceased was punched by his friend which led to his death.

Akash was found dead on a field near a lake on Gokul Road in Hubballi on Saturday night. Akash's family had complained against his friends and his in-laws for the crime. Based on the complaint, the police had confiscated eight people who were present at the party on Saturday night where the murder was reported.

Akash's father, Shekarayya Matapati, president of the North Karnataka auto-rickshaw union, had advised him not to go to any party on Saturday. However, Akash did not pay heed to the advice and joined his friends for the party. A scuffle broke out when Akash poured more alcohol and others got less share. Enraged, one of the friends first slapped him and later punched him on the forehead.

After Akash fell, all his friends including the one who punched him escaped on their two-wheelers. One of the friends, Arjun, called the father and informed him that Akash got drunk and is not getting up. When the family members reached the party site, they found Akash lying unconscious. He was declared dead at the KIMS hospital.

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Police sources said that the investigation will be intensified once the postmortem report is available. “There are several angles to the case based on the complaint filed by the family members of the deceased. A friend of Akash, Rahul, who was present at the party has confessed to punching him. But unless the FSL and autopsy report is available it's difficult to say whether Rahul is confessing or trying to shame someone,” said an officer.

This is the third murder being reported in Hubballi in the last three months. Neha Hiremath and Anjali Ganiger were murdered in April and June. Meanwhile, Neha Hiremaht's father, Niranjan Hiremath who is also a Congress corporator, accused that the police did not allow him to meet Akash Matapati's family members. “The boy belongs to our community and hence I had come to pay homage. But the police stopped me for a while,” he said.

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Niranjan Hiremath, father of Neha Hiremath argues with police at KIMS hospital on Sunday.(Photo | D Hemanth, EPS)
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