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Four arrested on murder charge

A kerosene dealer and his son were hacked to death on June 8

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Four persons, who allegedly hacked to death a kerosene dealer, G. Ramakrishna, and his son, Naveen, in Basaveshwaranagar police station limits on June 8, have been arrested. The police gave the names of those arrested as Kumar alias Rame Gowda (26), Yogesh (23), Raja alias T.T. Raja (22) and Raja alias Tiles Raja (26).

The Commissioner of Police, Ajai Kumar Singh, told presspersons that Kumar, a former employee of Ramakrishna, allegedly plotted the murder. Kumar, who was looking after Ramakrishna's business, had allegedly misappropriated Rs. 2 lakhs, he said.

After Ramakrishna dismissed Kumar, who had worked for him for 15 years, some elders intervened and made Kumar return Rs. 50,000. As Ramakrishna was pressuring Kumar to repay the remaining amount by June 20, he allegedly decided to eliminate his former employer, Dr. Singh said. On June 8, Ramakrishna and Naveen went to a school in Manjunathnagar to admit the daughter of one of their neighbours. Kumar also came there for his daughter's admission.

Ramakrishna and Naveen had an altercation with Kumar. Kumar telephoned Yogesh, who too had financial dealings with Ramakrishna, and the other accused. When Ramakrishna and Naveen were returning home on a motorcycle, the accused allegedly waylaid them on 2nd Cross, Manjunathnagar, and hacked them to death, Dr. Singh said.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (West), K.V. Sharathchandra, who supervised the investigation, said that after the murder, the accused went to Hosur, Chennai and Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu and Pondichery. After they returned, the police arrested them from a farmhouse in Tavarekere police station limts, he said.

Dr. Singh presented Rs. 10,000 as reward to the team that probed the case and arrested the accused. The team, led by the Basaveshwaranagar Inspector, Shivalinge Gowda, comprised Venkataramana, Kemparaju, Shivaramaiah, Nagaraj Kattimani, Ramaiah, Venkatesh, Manjunath, Nagaraj, Lakshmisha, K.G. Murthy and Narayana Gowda.

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