Kannada actor Darshan Thugadeepa (C) being taken to a hospital for a medical checkup, Bengaluru, Tuesday, June 11, 2024.
Kannada actor Darshan Thugadeepa (C) being taken to a hospital for a medical checkup, Bengaluru, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. Photo | PTI

Kannada actor Darshan arrest: Chilling details of murder over lewd messages emerge

Police sources said that Darshan allegedly beat up Renukaswamy with a belt. After he fell unconscious, his accomplices thrashed him with sticks, and they threw him against a wall, which proved fatal.

BENGALURU: Shocking details have emerged from the probe into the murder of a man who allegedly made derogatory comments against the friend and co-star of leading Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa.

Darshan, his friend and film actress Pavithra Gowda, and 11 others were arrested in connection with Renukaswamy's murder on Tuesday. The 47-year-old actor has been remanded to six days' police custody by a court.

According to police sources, Renukaswamy (33) drew the wrath of Darshan for making lewd comments against Pavithra Gowda on her social media posts. "It was Pavithra who instigated Darshan to punish Renukaswamy. Accordingly, the plan was hatched," they said.

Renukaswamy hailed from Lakshmi Venkateshwara Layout in Chitradurga and worked with a pharmacy company.

"Darshan engaged the Chitradurga unit of Darshan Fan Club Convenor Raghavendra, alias Raghu, who obtained all information about Renukaswamy."

Renukaswamy's wife, Sahana, said Raghavendra picked up her husband on Friday night from near their house.

The victim was abducted and taken to a shed in the Kamakshipalya area of Bengaluru, the sources said.

"Darshan beat up Renukaswamy with a belt. After he fell unconscious, his accomplices thrashed him with sticks. Further, they threw him against a wall, which proved fatal," they said, adding that there were multiple bone fractures all over his body.

After he died, his body was dumped in a stormwater drain. A food delivery boy who noticed dogs eating a human body alerted the police.

When the police were working on the case, two accused approached Kamakshipalya police and "confessed" to having killed Renukaswamy over a financial dispute.

As the investigation progressed, police found out about Darshan and Pavithra's involvement.

Kannada actor Darshan Thugadeepa (C) being taken to a hospital for a medical checkup, Bengaluru, Tuesday, June 11, 2024.
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