Bhagirathi murder case solved

Husband, 5 others nabbed by DCIB

 
Speaking to the media persons here on Friday, SP Prawin Pawar informed that Dr Suresh Prabhu along with his associates was involved in brutally murdering his wife Bhagirathi on January 6, 2010. Dr Prabhu, a native of Hebri, is working as Associate Professor in Hassan Medial College. He filed a complaint stating that his wife fell unconscious owing to snake bite on their way to a place called Hykadi. She was taken to a private nursing home at Hebri and later she was brought to Ajjarkadu district hospital where she was declared dead. Following the complaint registered by Prabhu, a case of unnatural death was filed at Hebri Police Station and interrogation was taken up, he added.

Suspicion

Brother of Bhagirathi raised suspicions and strongly suspected Dr Prabhu’s involvement in the death. The case was handed over to the DCIB for probe considering his request. It was the autopsy report, that observed only a few injuries on the dead body, that led to the severe suspicion. The Investigation Officer had lengthy discussions over the report with the doctor who conducted the post mortem and arrived at the conclusion that Bhagirathi was murdered, he added.

Further interrogation revealed that Dr Prabhu and Bhagirathi who had tied knots nine years ago, had marital differences ever since and that Prabhu had twice failed in his bid to kill Bhagirathi.

Rare modus operandi

Pawar said that Prabhu has used the rarest of the rare modus operandi to commit this murder and no such case has come up in the whole history of the State police. In his first attempt on August 16, 2009, he had hired a gang to attack him and his wife while they were on their way back from Kushalnagar near Gorur in Hassan district. He asked them to kill Bhagirathi disguised as dacoits. However, Bhagirathi was able to survive the onslaught and sustained multiple injuries on her limbs. A case had been registered in Hassan Rural Police Station and is under investigation. Failed in his first attempt, Prabhu hatched another conspiracy where he intentionally skid his bike while carrying Bhagirathi as pillion rider. When she fell on road, the pre arranged truck was supposed to run on her. Luckily, she survived even this, Pawar informed. Third attempt was planned meticulously with the help of five others. The planning started two months ago. The associates were following him in another car. Cobra poison was secured from a local snake charmer and as planned it was injected to Bhagirathi by force, which resulted in her instantaneous death.

Though Prabhu succeeded initially to divert the attention of the police by filing a fake complaint, he soon ran short of his luck and spilled the beans when interrogated with evidence. He was nabbed along with his associates near Ujire on his way to Dharmasthala. Prabhu had promised the associates—Harish, a driver in Hassan, Niranjanraj Urs, Paramesh, a final year LLB student, Basavaraj, a lorry driver and Manjunath, who is working in Forensic Medicine Laboratory in Community Medicine department of Hassan Medical College—a handsome reward and financial help in future, Pawar added.

The SP has announced a cash award of Rs 30,000 for the DCIB team headed by Inspector Ganesh for solving the case.

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