Ashok Mannikeri, a 47-year-old Grade 2 tahsildar working at the assistant commissioner’s (Revenue) office, was discovered dead under suspicious circumstances at his residence in Kali Ambrai, Belagavi on Thursday.
While his wife claimed that he had suffered a severe cardiac arrest, his sister filed a police complaint alleging that he had been murdered.
According to reports, Mannikeri had stayed up late after having dinner on Wednesday. He experienced a cardiac arrest around 2.30 am and was immediately taken to a private hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away while receiving treatment.
Mannikeri is survived by his wife and two daughters.
The sisters of the deceased complained that Ms. Bhoomi, her brother, and their accomplices had killed him. However, Ms. Bhoomi has denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Mannikeri’s sister, Girija Mannikeri, lodged a complaint at Camp Police Station, alleging that her brother had died under suspicious circumstances and requested an investigation.
Mr. Mannikeri served in the Assistant Commissioner’s office in Belagavi. He has served as personal secretary of Laxmi Hebbalkar, Minister for Women and Child Welfare.
When Bhoomi and her brother Samuel visited the police station, Mannikeri’s relatives and friends physically assaulted Samuel, accusing him of mistreating Mannikeri.
Later, when Bhoomi went to the crematorium, she was forced to leave. ACP NV Barmani stated, “A case of suspicious death has been registered.”