Mangaluru: Days after battling for his life, 47-year-old Basheer who was attacked following the death of 27-year-old BJP activist Deepak Rao, succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Mangaluru this morning.
The State Government has released a solatium of Rs. 10 lakh for Basheer’s family.
Basheer, a fast-food joint owner, was injured after he was attacked on Jan. 3 by a group of men wielding lethal weapons as he was returning home. Meanwhile, Basheer’s kin told the media that their family has decided not to hold a funeral procession. “Only close members of the family will be allowed to see the body,” they said.
The Police had earlier arrested P.K. Srijith, a 25-year-old man from Uppala, Kishan Poojary and Dhanush Poojary, brothers from Padil near Mangaluru, and Sandesh Kotian, a 22-year-old from Manjeshwaram in Kasaragod, for the murder.
While Basheer was a resident of Akasha Bhavana, approximately 11 km from Katipalla, where Deepak was found murdered, the Police have not established any connection between the two deceased victims. The Police said that the four people arrested just wanted to take revenge for Deepak’s death.
On being alerted, two off-duty ambulance drivers, Rohit and Chandrashekar Kulai, attempted to save Basheer’s life by driving him to AJ Hospital in their ambulance.
As soon as the news of Basheer’s death spread this morning, hundreds of his family members, well-wishers and friends gathered at the AJ Hospital mortuary to pay their last respects. Former District Minister In-charge Krishna J. Palemar visited the hospital but the relatives stopped him from viewing Basheer’s body.