Siddapura villagers mourn as missing GP chief's body found in Harangi river

A pall of gloom descended on Siddapura and Nelyahudikeri villages as the body of Gram Panchayat member A K Raghu, who was missing since July 17, was found on Thursday.

Raghu after finishing some work in Nelyahudikeri was traveling to Somwarpet on July 17, when he went missing under mysterious circumstances. Rahghu was a graduate and was involved in social service activities and had no enemies in Nelyahudikeri.

In 2010, he contested for the Gram Panchayat elections for the very first time and won. He brought in a lot of development for his village and became a role model in a very short time.

During his tenure, he took up important work such as road development, fulfilling drinking water need, employment through MGNREGS, road widening and others.

Though Raghu, a businessman, was well appreciated by villagers, he had taken many debts. People doubted that he went missing because of the debts.

People close to Raghu reveal that Raghu was struck in the web of loan mafia and this was causing his downfall. The cops have taken, unlicensed loan dealers for questioning with regard to the matter.

Raghu had many businesses such as LPG agency, Nursery, Real Estate etc. It is said that he had taken over Rs 1.5 crore as loan. Some say, that the loan sharks were charging him a lot of interest.

Raghu was good natured, humorous and very transparent in his business dealings. Hence, his death has led to several suspicions.

Raghu had purchased two sites in Kushalnagar. His two wheeler was found in Harangi river two weeks back. Now, Raghu's body was found near Kushalnagar. Hence, people are doubting that his death has something to do with his work.

Raghu's mysterious death investigation should be handed over to the CBI, demanded Somwarpet Taluk Panchayat Member V K Lokesh and Gram Panchayat Member P R Bharath.

Raghu's bike was found in one place and his body in another place. Hence, there are high chances that he was murdered. Police need to solve the case and punish those involved, demanded Raghu's brother-in-law V P Anish.

When Raghu's body was brought to Nelyahudikeri, people gathered in large numbers and mourned his death. It seemed that a cloud of gloom, loomed over the village.

Though the body was highly decomposed, the police could identify body based on the details found in his purse which included his Driving License, Voter ID and PAN card. The body was found at Mallenahalli near Koodige in Harangi stream.

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