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Collem case: Man planned to kill wife’s lover in Margao

Ponda: The busy localities of Margao town literally saved the life of Sangappa alias Sanmesh Patil, at least, for a day.Police said Ningappa alias Muthu Thalabatta, accused of murder, planned to kill Patil in Margao and he had even taken him to the town on April 20, but could not commit the act due to crowded localities.Police said that this was revealed by Thalabatta during their probe into the Collem murder case. The highly-decomposed body of Patil was found at ‘Devchar Kond’ on the banks of Dudhsagar river on April 28. The body had no documents on it for its identification, but police cracked the case on the basis of CCTV footage from the railway station. Thalbatta, 27, a native of Hirahal-Gadag, Karnataka and the victim, Patil, 30, a native of Bagalkot, Karnataka, were employed with mining trucks at Sanvordem. Thalbatta was irked by an alleged illicit relationship between Patil and his wife and planned to take revenge against him.
Thalbatta lured Patil on the pretext of eating ‘kheema’ (minced meat) at Margao. As there was no transportation on that day, Thalbatta also assured him that they would return by a Margao-Curchorem local train. The accused took him to Margao on April 20 with a plan to kill him, but he could not succeed as he could not find a deserted place across the town.His anger towards Patil did not subside and Thalabatta decided on another plan. Accordingly, he took Patil to Dudhsagar from Curchorem to Collem by an express train and killed him on the banks of River Dudhsagar.After killing him, the accused threw the victim’s wallets near a bridge to destroy any documents that would reveal his identity. But, Thalabatta was not aware that their visit to Collem was captured by the railway station CCTV cameras, which later led to identification of the deceased and his subsequent arrest. Police said they recovered the wallet recently. Collem PI Nilesh Dhaigodkar is investigating the case. [TOI]

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