Bengaluru: 25-year-old arrested for moneylender’s murder

Bengaluru (DHNS): The Yeshwantpur police have arrested a 25-year-old youth in connection with the murder of a moneylender.

The arrested has been identified as Punith, a resident of Andaragere village in Kunigal taluk. “Punith and his two friends, Chandra and Somashekhar, had robbed Krishnappa alias Mayanna (55), a resident of Mathikere of his gold ornaments, had murdered him and buried the body in a farm land at Shettihalli in Kunigal on June 27. Chandra and Somashekhar are at large and the search for them is on,” said the police.

“Krishnappa who hailed from Puttenahalli village in Kunigal had moved to the City 20 years ago and was staying with his wife and children at HMT Layout. He was a milk vendor when he moved to Bengaluru and became a moneylender over time. Krishnappa used to wear a couple of gold chains, four gold rings and a gold bracelet whenever he went to his native village for functions,” the police said.

“Krishnappa and the trio knew each other as they were from neighbouring villages. Knowing that Krishnappa wore gold ornaments whenever he visited Puttenahalli, the trio hatched a conspiracy to murder him and rob him of his valuables,” the police said.

“Somashekhar purchased a fake SIM card to be in touch with Chandra, Punith and Krishnappa. He called up Krishnappa on June 27 and told him that he, Chandra and Punith were going to Adichunchunagiri Mutt in Nagamangala (Mandya district) and requested him to join them at Matthikere. The suspects proceeded towards Kunigal after Krishnappa joined them. Somashekhar, who was at the wheel, took a deviation when they reached Kunigal and told Krishnappa that he would pick a friend at Kunigal and drove the car to Chandra’s farm land. The trio then smashed Krishnappa’s head with a machete inside the car and strangled him with a rope. They took the gold ornaments and buried the body in the farm,” the police said.

“Krishnappa’s wife had lodged a missing complaint with Yeshwantpur police on July 8. The police verified call details and traced the mobile phone number from which Krishnappa had received the last call. The police also found out that Chandra and Punith had received repeated calls from the same number. The police have taken Punith into custody, who confessed to the crime during interrogation. The body was exhumed and the post-mortem was conducted.”

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