Karkala, Sep 14: An elderly farmer ended his life here by shooting himself with a rifle at Tellaru in Durga village of Karkala taluk in Udupi district on Wednesday, police said.
The deceased has been identified as Bhaskar Hegde (63) of Tellaru, Nellabettu in the taluk. He was a BJP worker and member of the local panchayat.
Police said he shot himself while his wife went to prepare tea. She heard the gunshot and rushed to find her husband dead.
Hegde, who was into organic farming in his agricultural land, had severe financial crisis which is suspected to be the reason behind the extreme step, they said.
Police officials including Deputy SP Vinaya Prasad visited the spot.
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New Delhi, Dec 11: India has described as "fake" and "completely fabricated" a media report claiming that a "secret memo" was issued by New Delhi in April to take "concrete" measures against certain Sikh separatists, including Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Sunday that the report is part of a "sustained disinformation campaign" against India and the outlet that published it is known for propagating "fake narratives" peddled by Pakistani intelligence.
The report was published by online American media outlet "The Intercept".
"We strongly assert that such reports are fake and completely fabricated. There is no such memo," Bagchi said.
"This is part of a sustained disinformation campaign against India. The outlet in question is known for propagating fake narratives peddled by Pakistani intelligence. The posts of the authors confirm this linkage," he added.
"Those who amplify such fake news do so only at the cost of their own credibility," Bagchi said, responding to media queries on the report.
In September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled the allegation of "potential" involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Nijjar on Canadian soil on June 18.
India strongly dismissed the charges, terming them "absurd".
"The Intercept", in its report, claimed that the Indian government issued instructions on a "crackdown scheme" against certain Sikh entities in western countries.
It further claimed that the secret memorandum issued by the MEA in April lists several "Sikh dissidents under investigation by India's intelligence agencies, including the Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar".