Karnataka: Brothers abduct, kill 11-year-old for quick money | Hubballi News – Times of India

HAVERI: Desperate to make a quick buck and influenced by TV crime shows, two brothers aged 20 and 17 allegedly abducted and murdered an 11-year-old neighbour, planning to seek ransom for him a few days later.
The duo were arrested on Friday after they fled home and their parents — both teachers — reported their suspicious behaviour to police.
Duo strangled boy with rope
Police said the brothers abducted Tejasgouda, son of advocate Jagadish Mallikeri, in a car from his house in Ashwini Nagar on March 7. The boy’s parents complained to cops the same day and a search was launched. Four days later, his charred body was found on a hostel premises near his house. SP KG Devaraj said the brothers had trawled many films and TV shows on destroying evidence and evading cops but the burned body left enough leads to follow.
The SP said the brothers strangled the 11-year-old with a rope soon after they abducted him and dumped the body in Heggeri tank. However, they seem to have panicked and soon returned to the spot. Retrieving the body, they packed it in a gunny bag and buried it in their backyard. “They took out the body again and burned it at BCM hostel premises on March 10. Next day, they escaped from home,” Devaraj said. The car was intercepted near Shiggaon and the duo was nabbed on Friday.
“What is shocking is that the brothers had attempted similar crimes in the past to demand money but failed to follow through their plans. Their parents are innocent and informed us after suspecting their behaviour,” said additional SP Mallikarjun Baladandi.

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