Bengaluru, Aug 1: The Jayanagar Police have cracked a case of kidnapping and murder and arrested the main accused, identified as Pratap 27 who has also confessed to the crime. In his confession, he admitted that he was disturbed by his close proximity to his girlfriend and thus eliminated him.
Yogesh hails from Kolur village in Channapatna and was an executive in a real estate firm in Jayanagar. Pratap is a resident of Atthingere village in Magadi. His father Shivakumar is the president of Rajya Gorakshana Samiti.
According to the police, the victim Yogesh was staying with his sister in Jayanagar 6th block. He left home on July 19, but did not return home. After waiting for his brother for two days, his sister lodged a complain with the Jayanagar police on July 21. On checking his call records, it was found that he was in constant touch with a girl in Mysuru and she in turn was in contact with Pratap.
The police said, "On suspicion, both were summoned for questioning. While the girl revealed that she became friends with Yogesh several months ago through Facebook and had become very close. Pratap, who was in love with the girl, was unhappy with this. He had also warned Yogesh several times to stay away from her."
Police further added, "Later, Pratap hatched a conspiracy to eliminate Yogesh and approached his friends for help, who agreed. On July 19 around 10 am, while Yogesh was walking at Jayanagar Sixth Block and the accused kidnapped him in a car and took him to Pratap's farm house in Atthingere village. The accused tied Yogesh's hands and assaulted him. Yogesh fell unconscious. Later, they took an iron rod and murdered Yogesh. They then buried the body in the farmhouse."
What proved the genuinty of Pratap's involvement was his escape from the police station on July 23. Later, the police visited his father and discussed with him the repucussions. So, when Pratap came back home on July 28, his father informed the police.
Police said, "The girl has no role in the murder and we are on the lookout for the other four accused who helped Pratap in the kidnap and murder. The body will be exhumed on Monday."