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Six-member gang kidnapped

Ravi Kumar: police

CHICKBALLAPUR: A call centre taxi driver, who was reported missing from Bangalore since Thursday, was found murdered in a forest area in Chickballapur Rural police station limits on Sunday.

A police team from Bangalore, with the help of the Chickballapur police, traced the decomposed body of Ravi Kumar (28) in the Veeradhimmammana Kanive (valley) on Gauribidanur Road on the outskirts of Chickballapur.

Ravi Kumar, a father of two, was a resident of Jaraganahalli in J.P. Nagar police station limits. He was the owner and driver of a multi-utility vehicle that was on hire to a call centre, the police said.

According to the police, a six-member gang kidnapped Kumar from near Brigade Road in Bangalore. After tying his legs, the gang strangled him with a rope and dumped the body at the Veeradhimmammana Kanive and drove away with his vehicle. When Kumar did not return home on Friday, his family lodged a missing complaint with the J.P. Nagar police.

When a few youths were trying to sell a vehicle in Koramangala police station limits on Saturday evening, the police secured them on suspicion. During interrogation, the accused spilled the beans. A team led by the Koramangala Inspector Nagaraj brought four of the accused to Chickballapur on Sunday and traced Kumar’s body. One of the accused is from Doddaballapur in Bangalore Rural district and he was familiar with the topography of the region.

He had advised the co-accused to dump the body at Veeradhimmammana Kanive, the police said. After the autopsy at the Chickballapur District Hospital, Kumar’s body was handed over to his family. The Koramangala police have registered a case and are on the lookout for two of the accused, the police said.