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Tracked down: The accused in the murder and kidnap cases were presented at a press conference in Mysore on Sunday.
Tracked down: The accused in the murder and kidnap cases were presented at a press conference in Mysore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Accused allegedly hold key to kidnap and theft cases in taluk

MYSORE: The alleged murder of Deepak Kumar Pandey, who was a native of Rajasthan and working in a private company in Nanjangud, has been reportedly solved with the arrest of the five accused. With the arrest, the Mysore district police also cracked the kidnapping and murder of Shafir Ahmed of Gundlupet and the burglary in the house of Shivakumar, a Nanjangud-based health assistant.

The police nabbed the accused in the Pandey case with the help of mobile tracking technology, which was available on the victim’s handset, and was in the possession of one of the accused. Superintendent of Police Rama Subba said that eight people had been arrested: Shivakumar and Chandrashekar from Nanjangud taluk, who were accused in the Ahmed case, the former was also accused in the theft case; Nagaraj, Mahesh and another Nagaraj were accused in the Pandey murder case and in the theft case; Kishore of Himmavu, Vishwas and Kiran from Srirampura in Nanjangud taluk have been accused in the kidnap and murder of Ahmed. Two cars, including one reportedly stolen from Ahmed, two cellphones, Rs. 3,000 in cash and a few gold articles, weighing about 40 gm, were recovered from the accused, Mr. Subba told presspersons here on Sunday. Mr. Subba said that Pandey was reportedly abducted from an industrial area near Nanjangud on November 8 when he was in possession of Rs. 20,000 in cash. The accused reportedly kidnapped him after dashing their car against his motorcycle. On the pretext of providing treatment, the accused allegedly took him to an isolated spot near Udbur in Jayapura hobli in the Mysore South Police Station limits. They reportedly murdered him and dumped his body in a field near Udbur.

When they wanted to burn his body to destroy the evidence, two residents of Kallahalli Nagesh and Swamy saw their car parked next to their field and approached the vehicle. They were then reportedly assaulted by the accused,” Mr. Subba said.

While Nagesh, who suffered minor injuries, managed to flee, Swamy suffered serious injuries and fell unconscious. Meanwhile, Nagesh brought a group of people from the village to the spot, only to find that the accused had abandoned their car and fled. The police identified the body. One of the cellphones stolen from Pandey was given to Mahesh’s brother-in-law Harish. As the handset was equipped with a mobile tracking system, the police were able to track down Harish. Mr. Subba said that Shivakumar and Chandrashekar had been convicted of the murder of a police constable and were released in 2006. “They revealed their involvement in the kidnap and murder of Shafir Ahmed of Gundlupet four months ago. They had killed Ahmed despite ransom being paid,” he said.

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