Bengaluru: Kidnapped son of Income Tax officer killed, body found near lake

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

The 19-year-old's parents received a video through WhatsApp at around 10pm that day in which he conveyed his abductors' demand for a ransom of Rs 50 lakh.

In the video message, Sharath had said that he was kidnapped by some people looking like "terrorists" and they were demanding Rs 50 lakh as ransom.

Vishal, who lived near Sharath's house and was acquainted with his family, and his associates, Vinay Prasad, Vinod Kumar and Kiran Pai, have been arrested in the case while one person Shanthakumar is yet to be traced, Bengaluru police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said.

Son of a senior Income Tax official, Sharath was kidnapped on 12 September when he was reportedly riding his new motorcycle.

Vishal said during the confession that when he and his accomplices learnt of the police's involvement, they kept Sharath in a auto and moved around the city, the police said.

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The kidnappers killed Sharath after finding out that his parents filed a police complaint.

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. Vishal and his friends visited the lake after two days to check whether the body was floating. The police exhumed the body, conducted a post-mortem and handed the body over to the family.

Sharath was then bundled into the vehicle of Prasad, who was drafted into the scheme, police said. They dumped his body at Rachenahalli lake near Kengeri suburb. Sharath Kumar was kidnapped in a sedan and was thereafter kept hostage in the auto, said police.

His idea was to ensure that the family did not file a police complaint, get the ransom amount, and distribute it among themselves.

Police managed to identify and track down the accused with the help of analysis of mobile communications and the video message sent to Sharath's family, police said.

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