Raichur: A lower caste man was allegedly murdered by his wife’s father and relatives at Yermarus, about five km from here for marrying outside caste.
The deceased has been identified as Anand Sagar (28), a native of Yermarus.
According to the police, Anand, who belonged to Uppara community, married Basavarajeshwari, belonging to the Lingayat communtiy, in November 2014 against the wishes of their parents. The couple relocated to Ballari as they faced threats from her parents.
“The girl’s father, Virupakshappa Gowda, and others attacked on Sunday night him with cudgels and stones off Raichur-Hyderabad road at Yermarus. They smashed his head and killed him on the spot. All the accused are absconding. A case has been registered at Raichur rural police station,” Circle Inspector K. Basavaraj said.
A source in the Police Department revealed that Anand Sagar, soon after his marriage, approached the then Raichur Superintendent of Police M.N. Nagaraj and had orally sought his help against the threats.
The police officer had reportedly tried to convince the girl’s parents about the legally-valid marriage and had warned them not to disturb the couple.