Nandini Layout police have solved a seven-month-old murder of a freelance journalist, reported in Srirampur police station limits and arrested the victim’s wife and her brother.
The accused, identified as B S Suvarna alias Guna (40), a resident of Banashankari and her brother B S Prashanth (33) of Kothanur Main Road, allegedly killed Rachappaji.
His body was found at the railway tracks in Okalipuram on September 24, 2013.
During investigations, Suvarna said she suspected various people’s role in the murder. Skeptical about her statements, the police collected call records of her mobile phone and it emerged that she was in constant touch with her brother Prashanth, who was then taken into custody. He confessed to murdering Rachappaji at Suvarna’s behest, police said.
Investigations revealed that Suvarna hatched a plot to kill Rachappaji as he harassed her everyday after coming home drunk and also questioned her fidelity. After conceiving a plan, Prashanth took Rachappaji near the railway tracks and after getting him drunk, smashed his head with a cement block, the police added.
Inquiry Against Inspector
Srirampur police inspector B L Janardhan is facing a probe as he had arrested Suvarna a few days after her husband’s body was found but absolved her of any role in the murder. In his report to the court, Janardhan said she was arrested by mistake, leading to her release after 10 days. As Janardhan allegedly did not pursue the case after Suvarna’s release, the Nandini Layout police were asked to investigate the murder.
Sandeep Patil, DCP North, said the ACP of Malleswaram sub division has been asked to conduct an inquiry into the lapses in the investigation. “Based on his report, action will be taken against the inspector”, Patil said.