Returned To Spot Four Times Before Burying It
While 19-year-old Sharath N was pleading with his father not to approach police on the instructions of his abductors, a second video of him was made and sent to income tax officer V Niranjan Kumar through WhatsApp. Sharath and his abductors -Vinay Prasad alias Vicky (24), Karan Pai (22), Vinod Kumar V (24) and Uber driver Shanta Kumar were all inside the Maruti Swift used for the abduction.Around 11.30pm, Vishal H, the masterbehind the abduction, called one of them and said that the plan had gone awry as Sharath’s father had lodged a police complaint and directed them to kill Sharath. The four had a knife and rope with them but they decided to strangle Sharath as it would be easy . They strangled Sharath on the car’s backseat and drove towards Ramohalli Lake (also known as Narasimhaiah Lake), around 4km from Big Banyan tree. Vicky was at the car’s wheel, while Karan sat next to him. The other two were in the back with Sharath’s body on the floor.
“Around 1am, they reached Ramohalli Lake. While the car engine and headlights were on, they took out the body, tied huge stones to it using a barb wire and pushed it into the lake.The five then returned to the lake on September 14 to find the body floating. They pulled out the body and again tied it with more stones and dumped it in the waters,“ police said.
The gang visited the lake again on September 16 and September 18. They returned as they didn’t see the body floating. “On September 20, they revisited the lake and found the body had surfaced again,“ the police said.
The five then decided to shift the body . “Placing the gunny bag that had Sharath’s body inside the car’s boot, they drove around west Bengaluru,“ the police said. A foul smell was emanating from the body . “They drove to Ajjana-Katte, a quarry near Manchanabele dam, 5km from Ramohalli Lake. They dug a pit next to the road and buried the body ,“ the police said.