Bengaluru: Woman, two sons hire contract killer for Rs 6 lakh to murder her farmer-husband | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Probe by Whitefield traffic police revealed Subbarayappa, 58, a farmer from Gunjur, was killed in an accident that was executed according to a plan.
Police said a speeding SUV hit Subbarayappa’s moped around 7.45pm on January 21 on Nerige-Gunjur Road. Whitefield traffic police took up a hit-and-run case against unknown miscreants based on a complaint from Subbarayappa’s elder son GS Devaraj.
The villagers, however, suspected something amiss and informed police. M Narayana, deputy commissioner of police (traffic east), inspector SR Manjunath and other police officials visited the spot. They too suspected something foul within 100 metres of a speedbreaker on the road, where the accident occurred. They thought any vehicle speeding immediately after a speed-breaker seemed improbable.
Narayana formed a special team to trace the vehicle and identified it as the one belonging to a car rental firm. A person named Anil Kumar, 28, from Gunjurpalya had booked the vehicle for four days starting January 2.
“Our police personnel scanned footages from more than 80 CCTV cameras in the locality, collected GPS data of the said car from the rental firm and also analysed the call records of Kumar and Subbarayappa before zeroing in on the former. He confessed to the crime and revealed that he had taken a Rs 6-lakh contract to kill Subbarayappa in a road accident. Subbarayappa’s wife Yashodamma and children GS Bharath and GS Devaraj had paid him Rs 4.3 lakh till the time of his arrest. An advocate planned the entire crime,” said DCP Narayan.
According to police, Subbarayappa had got around an acre of agricultural land from his family’s ancestral property. He didn’t have good relationship with his wife and would threaten his son that he wouldn’t give his property to them if they didn’t take good care of him.
“A few years ago, Yashodamma and her sons, Bharath, a lecturer and Devaraj, a farmer, asked Subbarayappa to give them surety for a loan they were taking to start a business. Subbarayappa agreed to it but his sons got ownership of Subbarayappa’s property transferred to them as a gift. Subbarayappa got angry on learning about the gift deed and filed a civil suit against his wife and sons. The trio planned to kill him and hired Kumar, a childhood friend of Devaraj, to execute their plan,” a police officer said.
Cops said Yashodamma and her sons approached an advocate on how to murder Subbarayappa. The advocate allegedly drew up the murder plot. Devaraj chose Kumar, a driver by profession, to execute their plan.
On January 10, Kumar purchased a new sim and booked the car using the same number. He destroyed the mobile and sim minutes after the murder. He then borrowed a cellphone from a passerby and called Yashodamma to inform them about the murder. Kumar also took help from his friends — Nagesh and Dhanush — to execute the job.
Subbarayappa had grown flat beans (avarekai) on his one-acre plot. Kumar contacted him on the pretext of purchasing the beans and used the temporary sim to communicate with him.
Subbarayappa was on his way to deliver flat beans to Kumar, when the plan was executed. His call reports revealed Kumar had made the last call to him on the day of murder. Kumar drove the rental vehicle to Nagesh’s village in Mulabagil taluk. They changed the bonnet, lights and other parts of the SUV to destroy evidence. Whitefield traffic police arrested Kumar and handed him over to Varthur police for further probe. Yashodamma, Bharath, Devaraj and Kumar’s friends Nagesh and Dhanush are at large. The advocate too is absconding.