KASARGOD: Every day, Akshatha K reaches home from her college in Sullia around 5 pm. Her house at Shantinagar in the border panchayat of Karadka is just 45 minutes from Nehru Memorial College in Sullia.
On Tuesday, the second-year BSc student did not make it to her home. Her father, Radhakrishna Bhat, who makes rubber stamps at Mulleria, and mother Devaki, were informed their 19-year-old daughter was stabbed allegedly by her college mate. The girl did not survive the wrath of the young man whose love she spurned. The police said Karthik, a second-year computer science student of the same college, knifed her from behind as she was walking to the bus stop in Sullia. He then tried to slit his wrists and end his life, but was captured by passersby and handed over to the police. Akshatha, her teachers said, left the college early on Tuesday because of the bus strike in Kerala.
When she was crossing the Chinakeshava temple, the suspect approached her from behind and knifed her. People immediately rushed her to KVG Medical College in Sullia and then shifted her to a hospital in Mangaluru, where she died. The body has been shifted to the Government Hospital for postmortem. Sullia police said Karthik was given first aid in the government hospital in Sullia and then taken into custody. He would be charged with murder, an officer said.