Petty quarrel leads to murder, Dabal man held


Bhuto Shankar Gaonkar, 50, of Kirlapal, Dabal, was arrested by the Curchorem police on Thursday on charges of murdering one Kumar (full name not known), a native of Hubli, whose body was recovered lying along the pathway leading to a laterite quarry at Kirlapal-Dabal, on Wednesday night.
The deceased was also staying in the neighbourhood and is in the age group of 35-40 years, police said.
Curchorem PI Sidhant Shirodkar said that the deceased was bludgeoned to death and that he died instantly. Police, however, are yet to recover the weapon used by the accused to hit Kumar.
Detailing the sequence of events leading to the arrest of the accused, Shirodkar said that when the cops recovered the body late Wednesday night, they were left clueless about the identity of the accused. An offence of murder was therefore booked against unknown persons.
On Thursday morning, the police pressed into service a sniffer dog squad which tracked the scent to a house located hardly a few meters away from the scene of the crime.
"We took into custody the owner of the house as a suspect, who soon admitted to having committed the murder," Shirodkar said.
Curchorem police said that a quarrel between Gaonkar and Kumar over some petty issue late Wednesday night turned ugly leading to the murder.
The autopsy, which is likely to be conducted on Friday, is likely to throw more light on the cause of the death, police sources said. [TOI]