Vandse: Accidental gun -shot claims the life of youth

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ugust 11: It has been reported that a person by name Prabhakar Achary, who had gone hunting along with his friends Nagaraj Poojary, Sundar Poojary, Santhosh Poojary and Raju Poojary as was the usual practice on August 10, Saturday night after having his dinner, was found shot dead under the mysterious circumstances at the edge of a forest in Kaikana, Vandse on Sunday August 11, morning.





The deceased Prabhakar aged a 28, is a son of Sheena Achary and a resident of Hadimane in Noojady, Kundapur

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The deceased Prabhakar did not return till morning in spite of relentless efforts by the anxious family members.

Meanwhile Nagaraj and Sunder, who had gone along with Prabhakar in the hunt, surrendered themselves before the Kundapur police and it was then the incident came to light and Santhosh and Raju had gone missing but police could nab them after a search.



Sources said that a single barrel muzzle loading gun registered in the name of Babu Poojary, father of Nagaraj Poojary, was used in the crime.

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The crime spot comes under Vandse gram panchayat and is in the limits of Kollur police station. The victim was a resident of Noojady which falls under Gangolli police station. The accused surrendered themselves before the Kundapur town police. All this resulted in confusion among the police for some time, however, later personnel of all the three police stations visited the spot along with the circle inspector and DySP.


The incident took place in an acacia plantation belonging to the forest department. It is situated besides a pond at Kaikana on Noojady-Aloor road. The locals as well as the victim’s family suspect that Prabhakar was killed with some motive. Two whisky bottles of 180 ml and 90 ml were found at the spot, indicating that the hunting team was probably drunk. Also, 7 – 8 bullet marks were found on Prabhakar’s body. A black torch he was holding was found near his head. Examination of the body revealed that Prabhakar might have died at once, as the bullets had pierced his vital organs.

Udupi SP Dr Boralingaiah visited the spot as soon as he was informed of the incident. He later called a meeting of the officials in Kollur and instructed them about the future course of action. DySP Yashoda, Kundapur circle inspector Manjunath S, Byndoor circle inspector Arun B Naik, and other police personnel conducted investigations. Manipal forensic team also arrived.

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