Mysore police arrest murder accused after 18 years

A murder accused who had been evading police for the last 18 years, ran out of luck on Friday when the police personnel attached to Hunsur station nabbed him at Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra State.

Erajanayaka, aged 41 years, son of Shivananja Nayaka, Maralaiah Koppal, Hunsur taluk in Mysore district is the accused. He was working as a lorry driver at Pavane in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra State.

Erajanayaka was 23 years old, when he along with his two brothers Bheema Nayaka  and Shivanna Nayaka murdered Swamy Gowda son of Siddegowda, Moodalakoppal in the same taluk, on January 14, 1996.

The incident triggered by a trivial issue eventually ended with the murder of Swamy Gowda, who was allegedly attacked by the trio with boulders and clubs. Erajanayaka, the prime accused bolted and spent some time in Kerala, Delhi and Rajasthan, before settling in Pavane.


Addressing the media on Saturday, SP Abhinav Khare said that though the remaining two accused (Bheema Nayaka and Shivanna Nayaka) had been acquitted in the case, the prime accused had remained at large. The case was among the many long pending cases (LPC) that remained to be solved, as the accused in the case have been absconding.

When the investigation was resumed, it was unearthed that Erajanayaka was in constant touch with his sister back home. He had been regularly contacting his sister on the latter’s cellphone.

Deploying call details record (CDR) technology, the investigating team traced the calls to Mumbai.
Sub-inspector G Udayaravi said that Erajanayaka was apprehended with the help of local police inspector (Mumbai) Ganesh Patil. “Initially, Erajanayaka resisted questioning by Inspector Patil in Hindi. However, when he was told that some among them were Karnataka police, he acquiesced, knowing fully well that his run was finally over,” said Udayaravi.

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