Mangaluru: In connection with the drowning case of Suresh Poojary, his wife Sunanda had filed a complaint of murder at the Bantwal rural police station on 19 October 2015.
On October 17, Suresh Poojary drowned in the Netravati river. His body was lifted from the river and sent for post-mortem. A suicide case was then filed in the Bantwal rural police station. While Sunanda and her family members went to the morgue to see the dead body of Suresh, she noticed some bruises on his neck and informed the police.
After Suresh Poojary drowned, his friend Harish Kotian filed a complaint in Bantwal police station on the same evening that Suresh had drowned. On suspicion Suresh’s wife, Sunanda enquired in the neighbourhood and came to know that 5 persons along with Suresh had gone for swimming. It is also learnt that Harish Kotian had stolen arecanut from many places which Suresh was aware of. Harish threatened Suresh not to reveal the truth to anyone.
On October 17 at around 11.45 am, Harish called Suresh to go for a swimming along with Hemachandra, Neelappa, Vasant and Ramesh. While swimming, he was forcibly drowned and killed. After killing him, the body was dragged to the river bank in the afternoon at 2:45 pm. In the evening, the police recovered the body from the river bank based on the complaint of Harish Kotian.
After the post-mortem, it has been confirmed that Suresh was murdered and the police have arrested all the above five in the case under IPC sections 34, 197, 302 and 201.