Bantwal, Apr 21: Thousands thronged the Badria Juma Masjid of Karopadi in Bantwal taluk on Friday to participate in the funeral rites of local Congress leader A Abdul Jaleel, who was brutally murdered by miscreants on Thursday inside the Karopadi Gram Panchayat office.
The mortal remains that were kept in the cold storage of a private hospital in Deralakatte after post-mortem brought to the home of the deceased in Karopadi village this morning.
The dead body was kept for public viewing in his house for some time. Later, the body was taken to the mosque for the Janazah prayers. The body was buried at the graveyard near the same mosque.
B Ramanath Rai, Dakshina Kannada district in charge minister, B A Mohiuddin Bava, Mangaluru North MLA, and dozens of leaders of Congress party were also present on the occasion.
No arrests yet?
Even though P Harishekaran, Inspector General of Police (Western Range) on Thursday had expressed confidence to nab the culprits within 24 hours, police have not yet confirmed the arrests.
The murder of 40-year-old Abdul Jaleel, who was emerging as an influential Congress leader in Bantwal taluk, has sent shockwaves in Bantwal taluk. He was the vice president of Karopadi Gram Panchayat. His father, Usman Karopadi, is a senior member in Bantwal Taluk Panchayat.
On Thursday, four bike-borne miscreants had barged into the Gram Panchayat office and hacked Abdul Jaleel to death in broad daylight. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.