Anonymous letter helps 'solve' 6-yr-old murder

The murder of man which remained a mystery for almost six years has been solved after police received an anonymous letter, disclosing the killer’s identity. 

The KG Nagar police said they arrested Pramod M, 22, a native of Sorab taluk in Shimoga district, for the 2008 murder of Jayaram, a footwear trader, after receiving an anonymous letter. 

Jayaram, 40, had been found lying on a footpath near Uma Theatre on April 30, 2008. Passersby took him to Nimhans where he died three days later. Police registered a case of murder based on the complaint filed by his brother Lakshman. The autopsy report indicated that death was caused by massive brain injuries after the head was attacked with a weapon, police said. 

Recently, the police commissioner set a deadline for cracking such cases. The investigators then obtained the file from doctors. Last Saturday, the police inspector received an anonymous letter which read: “A man was hacked to death six years ago near Uma Theatre. A man named Pramod did it for money. Kencha, who works at Manasa Hotel, knows about Pramod.” 

The investigators knew they had the case when the content of the letter matched with the autopsy report. They then obtained Pramod’s details from Kencha and arrested the former at his house in Hoskote on Monday. They also recovered the alleged murder weapon — a cobbler’s tool. 

Pramod, police said, worked at a juice shop near Uma Theatre while Jayaram ran a small footwear shop on the footpath. The two used to fight often. On April 30, Pramod allegedly assaulted Jayaram with the cobbler’s tool and fled. 

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