Wife scripts man's murder

Hit-and-run case turns out pre-planned act; paramour arrested; CCB police feat

The accused Umesh along with the cops and the goods tempo recovered from him. dh photo

The City Crime Branch (CCB) police have arrested the accused who had hatched the plot with the wife of the deceased.

Umesh of Challakere is the arrested, while another accused in the case — the victim’s wife is yet to be arrested. V Ravi (40), son of Venkataswamy, first cross, Medarakeri, is the deceased. He was a lecturer in Government Girls PU College in Nanjangud in the district.
He had been allegedly knocked down by an unknown vehicle near Christ the King Convent on JLB road, on October 8. He had subsequently succumbed to the multiple injuries.

Ravi was on a morning stroll when the tragedy struck in the early hours of the day. The KR traffic police had registered a hit-and-run case. The investigators had collected headlight cover of the vehicle, suspected to have hit the deceased, besides many other broken pieces from the spot.

Luckily they came across a vehicle at a garage on Ele Thota road during their inspection in follow up to the accident. Their apprehension turned out to be true when the broken pieces of the vehicle matched with that of the vehicle in the garage. When enquired, the garage owner Anwar Pasha revealed that a man had come asking for tinkering the vehicle at the spots where it had suffered a dent. He had also given his cellphone number to the mechanic saying that he would return in half-an-hour.

What came to fore next was blood chilling for the investigators. The investigators got deep into the  calls- incoming and outgoing of the given number, only to discover that Umesh had contact with Ravi’s wife. It was at this stage, the case was handed over to CCB from K R traffic police.

Acting on a tip off, CCB police arrested Umesh on November 23. During interrogation, he disclosed that he was in love with the girl, who later married Ravi. Both are also close relatives, as the woman in question is the daughter of Umesh’s maternal uncle.

He was in constant touch with her as and when she went to her native Challakere. For Umesh it gradually turned into a obsession. He came to Mysore after hiring a goods tempo from his friend Dhananjaya in his home town. He also rented a room near to his lover’s place in Medarakeri and was frequently conversing with her. One fine day, he and the woman decided to eliminate Ravi and hatched a plan to get rid of him.

According to Umesh’s plan, if Ravi died, his wife would get the job on compassionate grounds and they could live happily there after.

Interestingly, Ravi started going on his early morning walk after he was forced to do so by his wife a fortnight ahead of his death. Unaware of the fate to befall on him, Ravi left the house for morning stroll on the day only to be hit by the tempo from the rear side. Umesh executed the meticulously hatched plan after keeping a close watch on Ravi on stroll. Now, a murder case is registered.

Umesh is a known offender in his native, having four theft cases pending against him. The goods tempo that caused the mishap is a stolen vehicle. A case has been registered in this regard at Hennur Police Station in Bangalore.

The CCB team that cracked the case consisted of Inspectors H T Sunil Kumar, C T Jayakumar and Prabhakar V Bharki, Sub-inspectors A Guruprasad among others.

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