Abducted, strangled, drowned: How Hindu man was killed for loving Muslim woman in Karnataka

Source: The Print

Police have so far arrested the brother and uncle of the Muslim woman, and are in pursuit of three more accused — all family members of the woman. 

ANUSHA RAVI SOOD 26 October, 2021 8:59 am IST

Vijayapura: Shantavva Nimbargi’s loud cries echoed around her tiny tin hut at Balaganur village of Sindagi taluk in Karnataka’s Vijayapura district Monday, after she finally buried her 34-year-old son Ravi Nimbargi, who had been murdered last Thursday. 

Ravi’s killing is the latest hate crime over an interfaith relationship in Karnataka, after Arbaz Aftab Mullah, a Muslim youth from Belagavi, was allegedly killed over his relationship with a Hindu woman in late September.

Ravi was in love with a Muslim woman, whose brother and uncle (who is also her brother-in-law) have been arrested for the murder. The local police are in pursuit of three more accused in the case — all family members of the woman. 

Ravi Nimbargi, who was murdered for being in a relationship with a Muslim woman | Photo: Anusha Ravi Sood/ThePrint

“Ravi was the smartest of my three sons,” Shantavva, 65, told ThePrint. 

Ravi held a diploma from an Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Sindagi. His elder brother Basavaraj and younger brother

Sitting outside their hut, surrounded by their five-acre farm where they grow tur (dal), cotton and sugarcane, Ravi’s family members said they neither had a copy of the FIR nor the names of those arrested for his murder. 

“He worked in Bengaluru for five years and then took up a job at a sugarcane factory in Vijayapura. He quit that job and came back home only nine months ago,” a teary-eyed Basavaraj Nimbargi told ThePrint. 

Ravi, who had stepped out of the house to buy groceries Thursday evening, never returned. His body was found in a well Sunday. 

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