Police arrest Ankith Kumpala for Murder of Muhammed Hanif and stone pelting case of Mosque
Udupi: “The District police have arrested Ankith Kumpala (24) in connection with the stone pelting case of Paebettu Mosque and the murder of Muhammed Hanif”, said Additional Superintendent of Police Vishnuvardhan in a press meet held at the SP’s office, here on February 2.
Ankith Kumpala is a habitual offender, he is also involved in the stone pelting case at a Mosque in Mangaluru. He has been charged with IPC 307 for pelting stones at the Padebettu mosque and for the murder of Muhammed Hanif while being involved in a verbal spat over driving in the wrong direction near Hotel Sharadha International, Udupi.
Muhammed Shabbir who had intervened during the clash was also stabbed.
Five teams were formed to nab the accused and with the collective efforts of the team, the accused was nabbed. During the course of the investigation, three knives were recovered from the murder spot, the accused used to carry 3 knives for self-defence. The accused is a resident of Kotekar, Mangaluru but was staying at his sister’s place in Udupi. The police have recovered a motorcycle and clothes related to the case.
He was arrested on February 1 and was produced to the court on the same day. He will be produced in the open court on February 2, asking for police custody for further investigation.
When asked about the accused’s role in Hindu Jagaranga Vedike, the ASP said that more details will come to light during the investigation.
The investigation team was led by District Crime Intelligence Bureau PI Sampath Kumar under the guidance of District Superintendent of Police K T Balakrishna, ASP Vishnuvardhan, DySP Kumaraswamy, CPI Udupi Naveenchandra Jogi, Manipal PI Sudarshan, Bramhavar CPI K Srikanth, Bramhavar PSI Madhu TS, Traffic PSI Venkatesh, ASI Rosario D’Souza, HC Umesh, PC Imran, HC Mahabaleshwar, HC Ravichandra, HC Suresh, HC Ramu Hegde, HC Raghavendra, HC Chandra Shetty, HC Santosh Kunder, PC Praveen, PC Rajkumar, PC Dayananda Prabhu, PC Shivanand, AHC Raghavendra, RDC department staff Shivanad and Nithin were part of investigation team.