Gadag murders: Accused paid ‘supari’ to kill brother, parents over property, says police

The arrested included members of the 'supari' gang that was hired by Vinayak Bakale, who paid ₹65 lakh to kill his brother and parents.


Published Apr 22, 2024 | 7:33 PMUpdatedApr 22, 2024 | 7:34 PM


Police in Gadag on Monday, 22 April, claimed to have cracked the murder of four persons with the arrest of a gang including the kingpin, who wanted his brother and parents dead over a suspected property dispute and hired the assailants for cash to eliminate them.

The arrested included members of the ‘supari’ (contract) gang that was hired by Vinayak Bakale, who paid ₹65 lakh to kill his brother Kartik and parents — Prakash Bakale and Sunanda Bakale.

Prakash and Sunanda are local BJP functionaries, with the latter being the vice president of the Gadag-Betageri City Municipal Council.

However, the plot went awry and Vinayak’s parents survived. Karthik and the family’s close relatives were hacked to death in the early hours of  19 April.

Karthik (27), Parashuram Hadimani (55), Lakshmi Hadimani (45) and Akanksha Hadimani (16) were found murdered at Dasara Oni in Gadag.

Police sources said Karthik’s marriage had been fixed, which the Hadimanis had come to attend.

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Police suspicion

Since jewellery, valuables and cash were intact in the house, it was suspected that the motive was not robbery but something else, police sources said.

They said that a property dispute among the siblings was suspected to be the reason behind the murder as Prakash was to give all his wealth to Karthik, which irked Vinayak. Subsequently, he allegedly decided to wipe out his parents and brother.

On Monday, Inspector General of Police (North Zone) Vikash Kumar Vikash told reporters that they had arrested Vinayak Prakash Bakale (35), Fairoz Khazi (29), Jishan Khazi (24), all from Gadag; twin brothers Sahil Ashfaq Khazi (19), Sohail Ashfaq Khazi (19), Sultan Jilani Sheikh (23), Mahesh Jagannath Salunke (21) and Waheed Liyaqat Bepari (21), all from Miraj in Sangli district of Maharashtra.

Vinayak had given a ₹65 lakh contract to Fairoz, who arranged vehicles and weapons and carried out surveillance, Kumar said.

The assailants broke into the house thinking only three people were present, the IGP said, adding that the targets were Vinayak’s parents and brother.

The agreement between Vinayak and the gang was that the proceeds of the loot after killing the trio would belong to the contract killers.

“Vinayak gave the contract to eliminate his parents and brother Karthik. Fairoz organised the entire gang. It was a short-term plan. But as Prakash Bakale raised an alarm, the panicked assailants fled the spot. Otherwise, he also was a target,” Vikash said.

He said that four of the accused were caught in Miraj while others were nabbed in Gadag.

The police officer said Vinayak tried to escape when he was caught.

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