IT officer's son murdered by kidnappers, body recovered in Bengaluru

Police recovered the body of Sharath the son of an Income Tax officer in Bengaluru on Friday morning

The police have recovered the body of the son of an Income Tax officer, who was kidnapped on 12 September, according to news reports. He had set out to show the bike to his friends in a neighbouring locality.

The same day, he and his wife and daughter received a message on WhatsApp telling his parents to arrange Rs 50 lakh to pay his abductors as ransom.

Deputy commissioner of police (north sub-division) Chetan Singh Rathore said five people had been identified as the perpetrators, including Sharath's friend HP Vishal, 20. Shanta Kumar, a driver attached to a taxi-hailing app, is absconding and the police are looking for, Rathore said.

Vishal was known to the victim's family and he was with them even after the FIR about the abduction was filed, Kumar said. Sharath was pursuing a Diploma course in automobile engineering at Acharya Institute of Engineering in the city.


Vishal, who knew Sharath well, used his love for bikes, especially imported superbikes, to lure him into a trap, police said. Anxious parents of the automobile engineering student then got anxious and called him up but Sharath did not answer any of the calls. They continued to visit the lake and saw that the body was floating again on September 19. It's not clear why they killed Sharath but the police believes he was murdered soon after he was abducted. They later joined Shantha, Vikky and had a beer before they made Sharath get into a auto that Vikky had borrowed from his friend.

They then carried his body in the vehicle, tied a boulder to it and dumped it in Narasimhaiah lake at Ramohalli, said Additional Commissioner of Police (West) Malini Krishnamoorthy.

However, on Wednesday, the accused were allegedly caught in a bind as the body began to float at the surface. They tied more stones to the body and put it back in the lake.

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