Bengaluru: Twenty year old Devaraju was found dead on the railway tracks near Kengeri on 30 November. Initial investigations had presumed this to be a suicide.
The police had identified the deceased from the driving license obtained from the body. But three days later, the victim’s brother in law, Cheluvaraju received a phone call claiming that it was a murder, to which a woman was an eyewitness. The anonymous call was made from a PCO.
This crucial information was relayed to the police. Also at the same time, the autopsy revealed that it could be a case of murder, as the victim was hit on his head with a blunt object. The police then checked Devaraju’s call records and found that he was in touch with Rupa (19), who used to be Devaraju’s neighbour.
“Rupa definitely knows the persons who killed my brother-in-law. She was earlier staying opposite to our house. Devaraju was in love with her for the last three years, but she got married to another person. After her wedding, she had vacated the house and her whereabouts were not known. It is said that Rupa has separated from her husband. Devaraju, who had left home on Sunday afternoon after having lunch, did not return home and his body was found the next evening,” Cheluvaraju said.
The police traced Rupa and called her in for questioning. She admitted to have met Devaraju. She then said that a group of men then attacked them and she couldn’t identify any of the attackers.
“Rupa is definitely aware of the killers. After killing Devaraju elsewhere, the accused dumped his body on the railway tracks. It is said that Rupa is giving contradictory statements to the police. The person or persons behind my brother-in-law’s death are yet to be identified,” Cheluvaraju added.
A police officer said, “A case of murder has been registered and Rupa is being questioned. Rupa is constantly changing her statements, which has made our job difficult. Going by her versions, it appears she has some role in the murder or is aware of the killers.”