Udupi: Three of the five accused in the murder of Hitendra Prasad, editor of ‘Hai Maruta’ Kannada weekly, in 2006 have been acquitted by the district and sessions court.
Prasad had been hacked down by five persons, Saleem aka Manchi Saleem (31) of Alevoor, Ramesh aka Atte Ramesh (37), Manikantha aka Sanjeeva (32) of Janata colony in Karamballi, Dinesh aka Mimmi of Indiranagar Kukkikatte and Pitti Nagesh, according to the prosecution.
The incident had taken place near Tallur bar in Manipal nine years ago. Prasad’s body bore sword attack injuries in 50 places. Among the five accused, Dinesh since died of illness, while Pitti Nagesh was hacked down by a gang in Udyavar about a year ago. The surviving three have been acquitted.
Prasad had written reports about the anti-social activities of Pitti Nagesh and also was in friendly terms with his arch-rival Vinod Shettigar.
Narco-analysis was admissible during those days. Pitti Nagesh reportedly underwent a ‘truth serum’ test, which is not allowed under law now.