Prime accused in Baliga murder case held

Prime accused in Baliga murder case held

Prime accused in Baliga murder case held

 The CCB sleuths on Sunday arrested M Naresh Shenoy (39), the prime accused in the murder of RTI activist Vinayak P Baliga.

Baliga was murdered near his house in Kodialbail (Mangaluru) on March 21, 2016 and Shenoy had been on the run since that day. He was arrested at Hejamady near Udupi and will be produced before the court on Monday, City Police Commissioner M Chandra Sekhar said at a press meet here on Sunday.

Shenoy is the founder of Mangaluru unit of Namo Brigade, which was later renamed as Yuva Brigade. He was also running the business of supplying ayurvedic medicines.

The police have already arrested six persons - Vinith Poojary (26), Nishith Devadiga (23), Shivaprasad alias Shiva alias Shiva Prasanna (28),  Shailesh alias Shailu (40), Manjunath Shenoy alias Manju (39) and Srikanth (42) - in connection with the murder. A 770-page charge sheet had been filed before the III JMFC court, Mangaluru.

The commissioner said that a supplementary charge sheet would be filed after interrogating Shenoy. Police are on the lookout for Vignesh who helped Shenoy abscond. He was hiding in Jammu and Kashmir, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and areas bordering Nepal.

To a query on the motive for the murder, the   commissioner said that Baliga had raised several issues including the suspected misappropriation of money at Venkataramana Temple on Car Street in Manglauru. “Interrogation of Shenoy will throw more light on the reason for the crime,” he said. The commissioner ruled out involvement of any underworld element in the murder.

Anyone wishing to give more details about the murder could approach the police and their identity would be kept confidential, he added.