While the police in Badiadka arrested five Muslims, including two IUML leaders, on 11 November for allegedly abetting a doctor’s suicide, a day after the victim was found dead near the Udupi railway station in Karnataka, a different story is going viral on Twitter. They say Muslims in Kasaragod of Kerala bumped him off for refusing to shut down his clinic to make way for a dental clinic run by a Muslim doctor in a Hindu majority area.
The Twitter story claims the perpetrators first tried to intimidate Dr Krishnamoorthy by getting a woman to accuse him of sexually assaulting her. The doctor denied the charge.
The Muslims then threatened him again and again and then tried to extort Rs 10 lakh from him. When the intimidation tactic did not work, he was kidnapped on his way home for lunch and murdered. His body was found lying on railway tracks, the Twitter thread going viral says.
The body of the victim was found in some other clothes, with his belt and wallet and all proofs of identity missing.
Police have arrested Muhammed Ashraf, Umarool Farooque, Mohammed Shihaabuddhin, Kubaadaaje Panchayat Muslim League Secretary Ali Thoopukkal, former Badiyadukka panchayat standing commitee chairman Muhammed Haneef for alleged murder of Dr Krishnamoorthy.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) called a dawn-to-dusk strike in the Badiadka panchayat on 11 November, demanding action against those responsible for the death of Dr S Krishnamoorthy. Police said Dr Krishnamoorthy’s body was shredded into pieces after being hit by a train. His wife had on 8 November reported that the dentist was missing.
A part of the police account matches the Twitter story, though. Cops in Badiadka said they had earlier received a complaint from a 32-year-old woman who accused the doctor of sexually misbehaving with her when she went to his clinic.
On 8 November, five persons went to the doctor’s clinic and asked him to apologise in public for allegedly misbehaving with the woman. The doctor reportedly told them that he needed time to think about their suggestion. On hearing this, they left the clinic but returned after half-an-hour. They reportedly threatened the doctor saying, the woman would lodge a complaint with the police if he failed to apologise. On hearing this, the doctor left the clinic on his bike and he was missing since then, the police said.
The dentist’s motorcycle was found at the Kumbla railway station around 3 PM on 8 November. Subsequently, the woman lodged a complaint with the police, accusing the doctor of sexual misbehaviour. As Krishnamoorthy didn’t return to his house, his wife filed a missing person complaint. The police registered both cases.
On 10 November, Brahmana Sabha, an organisation of Brahmins, took out a march to Badiadka police station, demanding the police find the missing doctor. The organisation also demanded action against those who threatened him. That very day, the police found the doctor’s body in a mangled state as he was hit by a train near the Udupi railway station.
Badiadka SHO Aswith S Karanmayil said the five persons were charged with Section 306 (abetment of suicide) and arrested. The identification of suspects by the police matches that in the Twitter story, with the cops saying that the accused are Muhammed Haneefa alias Anwar Ozone, former panchayat member and secretary of IUML’s Badiadka panchayat unit; Ali Thuppakkal, secretary of IUML’s Kumbadaje panchayat unit, Muhammed Shihabudeen of Annadukka, Ashraf of Kumbadaje, and Umarul Farook of Vidyagiri.