The family of N Sharath was in for a rude shock on Friday after it came to light that Vishal, a close friend of their son was the brain behind the abduction and murder.
The decomposed body of Sharath was recovered from the Narasimaiah lake on Friday morning, based on the confession of Vishal and his associates who were arrested by police on Thursday night.
Police zeroed in on Vishal based on the phone records of Sharath before he went missing on September 12. According to police, it was Vishal, who knew Sharath’s craze for superbikes lured him claiming that his friend had got a Benelli bike, which he would ride on the evening.
Sharath left his home on his new bullet bike, never to return.
Police said Vishal and his friends, Shantha Kumar, Vinay and Karan made Sharath get into a car that Vinay had borrowed from his friend. They forced Sharath to ask his parents to pay Rs 50 lakh for his freedom and sent that recording to his parents on WhatsApp.
But their plans were dashed after Sharath’s family approached the cops. Vinay who was close with the family called up Sharath’s sister claiming that he had learnt about the incident through media reports and inquired about the family’s course of action.
When she revealed that they would file a complaint with the police, Vishal made another video of Sharath appealing to his parents not to file a police complaint. After they got to know about the police’s involvement, they kept Sharath in a car and moved to the city before they strangulated him to death.
Police said the Sharath was killed within half hours after the family approached the cops and dumped the body in the Narasimaiah lake by tying stones to it to ensure it won’t float.
They also kept an eye on the area to see if the body was floating. On September 19th when the body surfaced, the gang took the body in a car and roamed around in the city to find a place to dispose it of. They disposed the body in a trench at Kurubarapalya Bande.
All these while Vishal used to visit Sharath’s house and consoled the family that was unaware of their son’s death.
Police said the accused planned the abduction to help Shanth Kumar, a cab driver, who had incurred a loan of Rs 4 lakh. They were planning to divide the ransom amount among themselves and did not anticipate the family approaching the police.
19-year-old Sharath was an engineering student. His father Niranjan Kumar is a senior officer in the Income Tax department.