Udupi: Police sources in Udupi district revealed that it was Deepak Hegde, the cattle owner, informed right-wing activists, after selling his cattle to 62-year-old Hussainabba, who was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Shenarbettu, near Perdoor, in Hiriyadka police station limits in Udupi district on May 30.
Quoting police sources, leading English daily The Hindu reported that, after selling his cattle, Deepak Hegde was in contact with the right-wing group that later allegedly assaulted Hussainabba. "Hence he has been booked not only for illegally selling cattle, but also in the murder case," the daily said.
Since the cattle had to be transported legally, many permission had to be taken. It includes taking permission from the local Panchayat and other authorities. Therefore, all the transactions pertaining to the cattle sale and transportation were done at night, sources from the Udupi Police said.
According to the post-mortem report submitted by the police to the court on Thursday, Hussainabba died from haemorrhage on account of injuries to the head. Meanwhile, the District and Sessions Court will pass its order on the bail plea moved by the 11 accused in Hussainabba's death case on June 18. According to the complaint registered by Hussainabba's brother Mohammed Ismail, the multi-utility vehicle (MUV) in which Hussainbba was transporting 13 head of cattle was waylaid by Bajrang Dal activists at Shenarbettu. The activists assaulted Hussainabba and later he died in police custody, the complainant said. The case has been transferred from district police to CID.