Tax official's kidnapped son found murdered near Bengaluru

Tax official's kidnapped son found murdered near Bengaluru

Police said the decomposed body of 19-year-old Sharath Kumar, an automobile engineering student, was found buried near the Narasimhayyana lake in the southern part of Bengaluru. The family received a WhatsApp video in which Sharath informed his father that he had been kidnapped for a ransom of ₹50 lakh.

As per reports, the police have arrested six, including a friend of the deceased named Vishal. Sharath, whose father Niranjan Kumar is a senior Income Tax official, was kidnapped on September 12 while he was out with his friend Vishal.

Another video discovered by the police, which was not sent to the parents, had Sharth saying that his armed kidnappers were threatening to kidnap his elder sister as well. Four persons, including a friend of the youth, have been arrested on charges of kidnapping and murder.

The kidnappers killed Sharath after finding out that his parents filed a police complaint.




Vishal then instructed his accomplices to strangle Sharath. "The accused then chose to dump the body in a lake by tying it to some rocks" Rathore said. Soon after, Vishal visited Sharath's house to console the family. They later joined Shantha, Vikky and had a beer before they made Sharath get into a auto that Vikky had borrowed from his friend.

However, a couple of days after the murder they found the body floating in the lake.

His idea was to ensure that the family did not file a police complaint, get the ransom amount, and distribute it among themselves. They dumped his body at Rachenahalli lake near Kengeri suburb. They then took out the decomposed body and went around the city for a day in a auto, and then buried it near a quarry at Ajjenahalli in Ramanagaram district, the police said. "They disposed of the body in the Narasimaiah lake by tying stones to it to ensure it won't float in the water", said additional commissioner of police (West) Malini Krishnamurthy.

Police managed to identify and track down the accused with the help of analysis of mobile communications and the video message sent to Sharath's family, police said.

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