Bantwal: In a tragic incident, one of the four acquaintances from Dambe in Punacha village who had gone on a hunting mission in the forest died of a shot fired mistakenly at wild board hit one of them in the Natti forest on Tuesday night.
They were often going on hunting expeditions, according to sources. On Tuesday night also, Buddha Naik aka Muddanna (57). a driver by profession, was picked from his house by Satish Gowda,Sundara Gowda and Chidananda |Gowda, all residents of Ajirumajalu, in their car.
They proceeded by Punacha-Toranakatte road and entered the Natti forest, where, they had come to know, had a lot of wild boars and wild cats. Satish, on spotting bats flying around, fired a shot at them. Without locking the trigger, he put his gun on his shoulder.
Walking further, he is said to have tripped in darkness and the trigger went off. The accidentally fired shot hit Muddana by the side of his forehead. He is said to have died on the spot.
Out of panic and fear, the three of them carried his body home and told the family members that Muddanna had died of a fall. Without informing the police or officials and to hush up the matter, they began preparing for the final rites. The true story somehow spread and the matter was brought the attention of the SP of district, Dr Sharanappa.
He visited the spot wth a team and held investigations. The three companions are said to be absconding now.