BENGALURU: Police searched the residence of BJP state president B S Yedyurappa in connection with the attempted kidnapping of Vinay, the personal assistant of K S Eshwarappa, a BJP leader and former deputy chief minister.
The police were on a look-out for N R Santosh - a personal assistant of Yeddyurappa, who is among the prime suspects in the case.
Police searched Yeddyurappa's residence in Dollars Colony, since Santhosh used to stay there.
According to police, the search was conducted by assistant commissioner of police, Badigar and other officials.
On May 11, Vinay had filed a complaint alleging that a gang of eight members accosted him near ISKCON temple and tried to kidnap him. When Vinay protested and screamed for help, the accused fled. Vinay filed a complaint the same day.
Following the incident, BJP Yuva Morcha general secretary Rajendra Urs was questioned by Mahalakshmi Layout police in connection with the case. Sources said, Rajendra during interrogation had accused Santhosh of plotting the kidnap.
However, B S Yedyurappa denied any claims that Santhosh was involved. In a letter addressed to the city police commissioner, he said, “It appears that police officers are determined to fix Santhosh as an accused in the case. I am afraid that evidence is bring created with malafide intentions against him. Police took Rajendra Urs to an undisclosed location and forced him to utter Santhosh's name as accused,” he said in the letter.
Police said the case appears to be politically motivated. “Many hands were involved in the crime. The kidnappers were acting on somebody's instruction,” a police source said.