Darshan murder case probe: One accused was IT cell operative of national party, finds probe

On Thursday, Pavithra’s minor daughter visited the police station with a woman to meet her mother and Darshan.
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Police take actor Darshan (centre) into custody, for his alleged involvement in the murder of S Renukaswamy (inset) (Photo | Express)

BENGALURU: Investigation into the murder case of medical store employee Renukaswamy of Chitradurga, in which actor Darshan and 12 others have been arrested, revealed that one of the accused, Pradush, worked in the IT cell of a national political party and was also the personal assistant to a former minister.

With his cyber expertise, Pradush had traced the details of the victim who was allegedly using fake profiles to send explicit pictures to actor Darshan’s close acquaintance Pavithra Gowda. Pradush, an associate of Darshan, is named accused number 14 in the case.

Meanwhile, the postmortem report of Renukaswamy is said to have been handed over to the jurisdictional Kamakshipalya police. The report confirmed 15 injuries on the body. The victim’s private parts was also found to have been hit as there was bleeding. Blood clotting in the body following severe assault was also found. Wooden planks and a belt is said to have been used to torture the victim. There were also dog bites on the face and other parts of the body.

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The Annapoorneshwari police station covered with tent cloth to keep away prying eyes. This has become a hot topic of discussion
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On Thursday, Pavithra’s minor daughter visited the police station with a woman to meet her mother and Darshan. The young girl appeared to be extremely disturbed. Accused Raghavendra, president of Darshan’s Fans Club, who is accused of kidnapping the victim, was taken to Chitradurga for spot mahazar.

There were also rumours that a police sub-inspector attached to Rajarajeshwari Nagar police station had asked the accused to throw the body into the stormwater drain near the Summanahalli bridge. The accused, after committing the murder, had reportedly called the PSI to help them by offering a monetary deal. However, a senior police officer supervising the probe dismissed the accusations. “We checked it on Wednesday itself and found it to be baseless. None of the PSIs attached to the police station were aware of the murder till the body was found,” he added.

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