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their very eyes the armed policemen chasing Sudhakar. He went past the harijans' huts and into a jowar field. The thickly planted eight-feet high jowar stalks would make any 'exchange of fire' out of the question' As a matter of fact, within fifteen feet after entering the fields Sudhakar collapsed: either his diseased heart valve gave way or he tripped against a jowar stalk. The police then caught up with him and shot Him dead. Bucchanna's family, as well as the peasants in nearby fields, heard exactly two revolver shots; and according to an inquest witness, there were exactly two wounds on Sudhakar, one on his thigh, and another which had ripped through his bellyThere was thus none of the heroic 'encounter' for which the policemen were rewarded by the Maharashtra government. Sudhakar was hunted down and killed like a wild animal.

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