Belagavi: A police investigation into the attack on social activist Jayant Tinikar has revealed that the owner of an entertainment club had hired eight men to beat him up as the 62-year-old activist had filed a land grab case in which the club’s owner was arrested. The owner was involved.
The police arrested the club owner and eight others on Friday. The case was registered at Belagavi Rural Police Station.
Tinikar, who exposed the stamp paper scam mastermind Abdul Karim Telgi, was attacked by masked men on bikes on his way from Belagavi to Khanapur on March 4 evening.
Sources in the police department said that the eight attackers were hired by the owner of Khanapur club, Laxman Shetty.
Tinaikar had filed a complaint against Shetty with the revenue department alleging that the club was built on government land illegally registered in Shetty’s name. The case is being investigated. Tinikar also filed several RTI petitions seeking the source of documents related to the land.
Belagavi city police said all nine would be produced in court.
Tinikar was the whistleblower who exposed the multi-crore stamp paper scam and his knowledge led to the arrest of its mastermind Telgi.
Police sources said Shetty had hired eight people and had to pay Rs 1.50 lakh. A police source said, “Shetty had paid an advance amount of Rs 50,000 after which the attack took place.”
The other accused accused are Lokesh Kalaburagi (34), Gangappa Gujanab (34), Bharma Dasanatti (35), Sunil Divatagi (24), Manjunath Hosamani (24), Sachin Yarzarvi (21), Ishwar Hubli (23) and Akhilesh Yadav (27).