Manjunath was murdered <-- This person got killed. Because the word is murder, someone did the killing. This means that someone was very upset or angry with him. Slight possibility is that it was an accident.Manjunath was murdered for blowing the whistle on the petrol pump adulteration racket.
Oh, my. That would create added difficulties in understanding the text. In most cases, if you see the preposition "on" after "blow the whistle", "blowing the whistle", or blew the whistle" you can safely conclude that the meaning is the idiomatic expression. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I think they are few and far between.I thought blowing the whistle in a literary way `she blew whistle either by his mouth or by some instrument'.
I must say that was a wonderful post, OB. I hope it won't seem ungenerous to open the question of what the racket was.petrol pump adulteration <-- The petrol pumps were corrupted or defiled in some way. This is the wrong-doing that was going on. So the guy was murdered for telling the authorities about a bunch of folks who were changing the petrol pumps in some way. Maybe they were changing the gauges so that they said they pumped out more petrol than they really were, and the bad guys pocketed the difference in money.
Of course not. I was interpreting the sentence using the syntax and wording present. As you so aptly said:I must say that was a wonderful post, OB. I hope it won't seem ungenerous to open the question of what the racket was.
. I was also applying what background knowledge I had. I am aware of altering pump gauges (Folks can pocket a lot of money this way if there are large quantities of pumps involved). Interpretations are always subject to alteration when getting more information from the context. This is why the 'maybe' before the sentence: Maybe they were changing the gauges . . . Clearly you had some background information that I lacked which led to your slightly different interpretation.Of course to call it the petrol pump adulteration racket does suggest that something was done to the pumps themselves