Man dies after son held for 'kidnap'

Man dies after son held for 'kidnap'

A 73-year-old man died of cardiac arrest after his son was arrested by Bangalore police for allegedly kidnapping and marrying a girl, a few months ago.

Police have given the name of dead as Somashekhar, a resident of Mooranadu, near Madikeri.

Deviprasad, the son of Somashekhar, met Ramya, a resident of Bangalore, through a social networking site eight months ago and they fell in love. Ramya’s family was against their marriage.

But the couple tied the knot at Ashwini Temple in Madikeri in May and also registered their marriage on June 7. They stayed together for three months.

Missing complaint

On August 28, Deviprasad lodged a complaint at Madikeri Rural police station stating that Ramya had gone missing and suspected that her parents could have kidnapped her.

However, Ramya’s father,  who is a jeep driver for a senior police officer in Bangalore, lodged a kidnap case against Deviprasad at Siddapura police station (Bangalore) on September 1.

In the wee hours of September 2, Ramya’s family members along with a few policemen barged into the house of Deviprasad.

They allegedly manhandled Deviprasad and pushed his father, who had diabetes and blood pressure, before arresting the former.

Somashekar, who suffered cardiac arrest was rushed to a private hospital in Madikeri. Shocked by his son’s arrest, he died of heart attack in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Released on parole

Deviprasad, who was arrested and taken to Bangalore, was produced before a court and was sent to judicial custody. It is learnt that Deviprasad has been released on parole following the death of his father.

Mysore Range IGP Ramachandra Rao said an impartial and comprehensive inquiry will be conducted into the incident.

Kamal Pant, Additional Commissioner (Law and Order), Bangalore, said that stringent action would be initiated against any officer found guilty in the incident.

H S Revanna, DCP (South) the divisional DCP under whose jurisdiction Siddapura police station lies, said that the Madikeri police had registered a case over the death of Somashekhar. case.

He said that they were waiting for the autopsy report and also the investigation report of Madikeri police who are trying to establish whether Siddapura police really assaulted the elderly man leading to his eventual death.

Strict action

He said that if the investigations revealed the involvement of policemen in Somashekar’s death, strict action will be taken against them. Siddapura police refused to comment on the issue.