Murder of Hunsur teens: Cops probe different angles

in memory: Vighnesh’s parents Srinath and Shobha in their house in Hunsur on Tuesday. DH Photo

Sources said the police surmise that a huge property deal by Sudheendra’s father, Mohan Kumar who is a hardware merchant, could be a reason for abduction of the boys.
It’s learnt that Mohan had purchaseed a property worth Rs 45 crore to Rs 50 crore in a prime place in Bangalore City.

The police are considering 40 aspects of the crime like financial affairs of Mohan Kumar and Srinath (Vighnesh’s father), the teenagers’ behaviour, their friends’ involvement and their academic background.

Sudheendra and Vignesh, fourth semester BBM students of SBRR Mahajana First Grade College in Jayalakshmipuram in Mysore left Hunsur to write their exams on  June 8. According to the sources, they had planned to bunk their exams and Vignesh had telephoned his friend to say they wouldn’t write the exams.

They were found studying at a park near their college and later, around 12.30 pm, Sudheendra had called his aunt who lived near the college. But, by 2.30 pm, the abductors called Mohan Kumar from Sudheendra’s cellphone, demanding a ransom.

During the investigation it was learnt that the call was made from Kyatamaranahalli, near Mysore-Bangalore Road. But, the call from Vighnesh’s cellphone at 2.59 pm was tracked to the KSRTC bus stand in Hunsur town. Another friend of Sudheendra had spoken to him four times between brief intervals during the period. Whether Vighnesh had returned to Hunsur and joined his friends or the kidnappers had plotted to make calls from different locations, the police are yet to ascertain.

On Tuesday, a team of five police personnel attached to the Bangalore City Crime Branch met Hunsur police and left for an undisclosed location. Chikkaballapur police inspector Shivakumar also met his counterpart, M N Shashidhar in Hunsur on Tuesday.

The boys’ bodies were found five kim away from Chikkaballapur on the night of June 11. According to the post-mortem report, Sudheendra was stabbed five times in the chest and Vighnesh twice. Their abdomen was empty, indicating that they didn’t have food for hours before their murder.

Hunsur was back to normal on Tuesday, after the protests alleging inept handling of the case by the police. As the APMC elections results were out, the supporters of the winners were found celebrating in a few areas.  

When this correspondent visited the residences of the boys, their parents had gone to Srirangapatna to immerse the ashes in the river. 

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