BANGALORE: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Tuesday evening rescued Suresh, the older brother of Nanjunda, one of the accused in the murder of rowdy Nakhra Babu on Sunday.
Nanjunda’s wife Padmavathi filed a complaint with the SHRC on Tuesday afternoon alleging that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was harassing her and had illegally detained Suresh for at least three days.
According to SHRC officials, Nanjunda is absconding. However, the CCB picked up Suresh, a BESCOM employee, on Sunday evening to track Nanjunda’s whereabouts.
“Based on her complaint, we raided the CCB office in Chamarajpet where we found Suresh, still in his uniform, and rescued him,” SHRC officials said.
“The CCB initially picked up Suresh for questioning, but refused to let him go. According to Suresh, the police told him that he would be allowed to go only after Nanjunda was found,” SHRC spokesperson Prabhushankar said.
Despite repeated attempts, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Hemant Nimbalkar could not be reached for comment.
On Sunday afternoon, Babu was hacked to death during a conciliatory meeting between two gangs in BTM Layout. It is suspected that the murder was planned to avenge the killing of Kavala Vijay Kumar in June. Members of the Babu gang were arrested in this connection and were released on bail about 20 days ago.
On Sunday, they were called for a meeting where 12 members of the Kavala gang barged in and hacked Babu to death and injured three others. One of them, Vishwanath alias Vishwa, was seriously injured and is recuperating.