Athlete Prithvi suicide case: Court to pronounce verdict on October 30

Athlete Prithvi suicide case: Court to pronounce verdict on October 30

Udupi: The principal district and sessions court, Udupi, on October 30 will pronounce the verdict in the sensational case involving the death of Prithvi Poojary, 17, a national-level promising athlete from Amparu, Kundapur taluk.

About 24 witnesses were examined in the case, which took place nearly eight years ago. CM Joshi, judge of the principal district and session court, Udupi was supposed to pronounce the verdict on October 10. Due to some  reasons, the judge announced that the verdict will be pronounced on October 30.

Prithvi Poojary, hailing from a remote village and from a poor background, scaled great heights in the javelin and other sports events. Her body was found hanging from the ceiling of the college hostel on September 27, 2011. A few days before she ended her life, Prithvi had returned from Mandya after participating in the divisional-level sports meet. She had won gold in javelin and third prize in the high jump. She had informed about her achievement to her parents, who distributed sweets to mark her achievement.

She allegedly committed suicide when her roommates had gone out of the hostel. “However, the reason for her death was not known and police had booked Misban, a youth from Brahmavar, in this connection.

During the investigations, police found a book of the victim, in which she had written that Misban’s behaviour led her to take the extreme step. Based on the statement, Misban was booked for abetment to suicide.

The suicide of Prithvi had created an uproar across the coastal district. There were protests by Billavas, the community from which the victim hailed.

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