Atul charged with kidnap and instigitating suicide of Padmapriya

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Mangalore, Jun 23 (UNI) Atul Rao, the once close friend of Udupi BJP MLA K Raghupathy Bhat was today arrested by the Manipal police on charges of kidnap and instigating suicide of the legislators wife Padmapriya, whose body was found hanging in a Delhi apartment last week.

Ever since the sensational case came to light with the 32-year-old woman went missing from her home in Udupi, police had maintained that Atul was not taken into custody and he was only cooperating with the police in the investigation.

Incidentally it was Atul who led to the police to the apartment in Dwarka where the legislators wife had committed suicide. It was said that Atul had helped Padmapriya to hire an apartment in Delhi after she had decided to move away from her husband after the marriage had turned sour.

The complaint lodged by Bhat four days ago was today taken as FIR and based on this the arrest was made. Atul is likely to be taken to Udupi by tonight or tomorrow to produce before a court.

Investigation officer B G Achar told UNI that Atul had arrested under section 306 and 365 of CRPC (kidnap and instigating for suicide). He had been taken for questioning, he said.

Replying a query he was not sure when the post mortem report of Padmapriya would be sent to the Udupi police by the Safdarjung Hospital authorities. "It may take another couple days," he said.

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