Quarry owner’s remains exhumed for autopsy after family alleges foul play

The body of a 47-year-old quarry owner and small time Congress leader from Kanakapura who died 40 days ago after complaining of chest pain at a relative’s house has been exhumed for postmortem by police authorities after the dead man’s family expressed suspicion that the leader might have been murdered. The body of Hobale Gowda […]

Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bangalore | Published: October 11, 2013 5:41 am

The body of a 47-year-old quarry owner and small time Congress leader from Kanakapura who died 40 days ago after complaining of chest pain at a relative’s house has been exhumed for postmortem by police authorities after the dead man’s family expressed suspicion that the leader might have been murdered.

The body of Hobale Gowda was on Thursday exhumed at Sorekayi Doddi village in Kanakapura taluk on the basis of a complaint raising doubts on the cause of death that was lodged with the Kumaraswamy Layout Police by the 47-year-old man’s nephew Prashant Gowda.

The Kumaraswamy Layout Police have registered a case of suspicious death and viscera from the dead body has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory for ascertaining the cause of death.

Gowda was a wealthy businessman who owned a stone quarry and vast tracts of land in his home village. He was also active in politics with a local Congress unit,police said.

Gowda died on August 1 in the course of a visit to his cousin Putta Jayamma’s house in the Kumaraswamy Layout in Bangalore. He visited her house on July 31 and stayed there. His family were however informed on August 1 that he died suddenly after complaining of chest pain. Gowda’s nephew Prashant has in his police complaint alleged that Gowda might have been murdered by someone intending to grab his land.

He has said that Putta Jayamma and her family members were being inconsistent in their versions of the death of Hobale Gowda.

The police exhumed the body Thursday after seeking permission from the Kanakapura taluk tahsildar.

Experts from the KIMS Hospital conducted a post-mortem and collected the viscera for analysis.

Prashant has stated that he received a call on August 1 informing him that Gowda did not wake up from sleep in the morning.

When villagers and relatives started to ask Putta Jayamma and her family members about how Gowda died since he did not suffer from any health problems they were given out different explanations,the nephew has told the police.

Prashant has said he grew suspicious because he had never heard of his uncle consuming alcohol.

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