Bengaluru: Five-member gang hacks rowdy to death in football stadium in Ashoknagar | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Women footballers from a few city clubs got the shock of their lives around 4pm Sunday when a young man was murdered next to their dressing room at the Bangalore Football Stadium in Ashoknagar.
Five armed miscreants chased a 26-year-old rowdy Aravind alias Lee into the stadium and hacked him to death inside the referees’ room. Aravind was a resident of New Bagaluru Layout near Lingarajapuram, East Bengaluru. They escaped after entering bylanes in the neighbourhod.
The murder caused panic among the public and football players and spectators at the football stadium and a BBMP ground outside it. The murder happened after United FC, Kodagu defeated Young Star 6-0 in the first match of the day. Players from Roots were ready to take on GRK FC in the second match at 4pm. The KSFA-Sporting Planet Women’s A Division League qualifiers were under way.
“I was standing near the players’ dressing room when I saw a person jumping down from the gallery and running for his life. There were two or three persons with machetes chasing him. They cornered him in the referees’ room and hacked him to death,” an eyewitness told TOI.
He added: “Players from the two teams were ready to go onto the pitch when the murder took place. We rushed them back to the dressing room. The match was cancelled and players sent home safely.”
A KSFA official said security persons couldn’t stop the attackers. “They ran in from the BBMP ground opposite the stadium. After the attack, they escaped through a small gate as no one dared stop them. The police sniffer dog went a few hundred metres on Malcolm Road from the crime scene but lost the scent.”
Police said they have no clue about the motive but suspect his rivals were the killers. “Aravind had two attempt to murder cases against him in 2014 and 2017. We’re investigating whether there’s any connection between the Sunday murder with those cases,” a police officer said.
(With inputs from
Santosh Kumar RB)

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