Bengaluru: A former JD(S) corporator was chased and killed in broad daylight by a 15 men 200 metres from his residence in Hegganahalli, North Bengaluru, on Saturday.
M B Govinde Gowda (58) had served as a corporator in the BBMP council from 2010 to 2015.
The incident occurred around 5 pm when Gowda was intercepted on the main road by a gang of with machetes and knives. Gowda tried to escape by entering into the Mathrushree Kalyana Mantapa but was chased by the gang and stabbed brutally in presence of bystanders.
Gowda was taken to a hospital in Sunkadakatte but succumbed to his injuries on the way.
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A murder case has been opened after Gowda’s family filed a complaint. Police suspect the murder stemmed from the violent rivalry between two gangs.
The Rajagopalanagar police rushed to the spot and conducted an inspection.
Govinde Gowda and his wife, Varamahalakshmi (48) were the main accused in the killing of their political rival BJP leader Chikkathimme Gowda in November 2016. Chikkathimme who was once Govinde associate had helped him win 2010 elections but in 2015 had turned rival after joining BJP. Varamahalakshmi who had contested the polls on the JD(S) ticket in 2015 lost the elections.
Police said Chikkathimme Gowda’s killing was carried out at the behest of Govinde Gowda. They arrested the couple who later came out on bail.
The police believe that Saturday’s attack could also have been done through hitmen.