Belthangady: Shobhita (20), daughter of Kantappa Poojary of Adarsh Nagar in Belalu in the taluk who was a studying in the second year B Com in the Government College in Punjalakatte, on a Sunday evening in July 2010, had left home on the pretext of watching a programme at a neighbour’s house.
She had not returned home thereafter. A search was made all around. Her body was found in a well in the neighbourhood. Although it appeared to be a case of suicide, there was no reason for her to do so. She was good at studies. Hailing from a poor family, her father being a daily wage-earner, with no electricity at home, she studied under the light of kerosene lamps and yet had done well in the X standard examinations, bagging the top-scorer slot in her school.
She scored well in the I PUC examinations also. Neither there was any pressure from people at home and there was a cordial atmosphere, as they were happy about her performance in studies.
As such, suspicions were being raised by the villagers that it could be a well-planned murder, as the well in which her body was found is not located on the regular walking route but quite away from home.
Investigations conducted by the local police gave no clues about the possible foul play. Hence the local MLA, Vasant Bangera, had requested the state government a CID probe into the case. The government consented and accordingly a team of top officials, led by M Prabhushankar, has arrived here from Bengaluru on Saturday.
After gathering all the information available with the local police, the team visited the Belalu house of the girl and the inspected the spot where the body had been found. They also collected information from the neighbours and villagers.
The probe will continue for a few days, said police sources.