Mangaluru police have made yet another arrest in connection with the murder of Bajrang Dal activist Prashant Poojary, a 29-year-old flower vendor who was hacked to death earlier this month. The accused was allegedly nabbed before he could flee the country from Mumbai’s international airport.
Poojary was murdered by six bike-borne men at Moodbidri nearly two weeks ago.
According to the police, the ninth accused in the case arrested on Saturday morning was identified as Mohammad Gantalkatte.
Officers said that immigration officials at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport acted on a lookout circular sent by Mangaluru Police to airports across the country.
“The arrested accused was en route to Dubai but was stopped by immigration. This incident happened late on Friday night. Mangaluru police, in Mumbai for the investigation, had taken the accused in custody. We handed the 40-year-old accused to Mangaluru police earlier this morning,” said Prashant Marde, senior police inspector, Sahar police.
Poojary was a Bajrang Dal activist involved in campaigning for closure of illegal slaughter-houses. The accused were believed to be upset over Poojary’s activities against illegal transport of cattle.
The attack took place 12 days after 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was lynched by a mob at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumours he had eaten beef.