‘Heinous crime committed in a horrific manner’: Bengaluru Police Commissioner on Renukaswamy murder

Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said there was no need to hand over the case to the CBI as the police were doing a good job.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 18, 2024 | 4:22 PM Updated Jun 18, 2024 | 5:14 PM

‘Heinous crime committed in a horrific manner’: Bengaluru Police Commissioner on Renukaswamy murder

Bengaluru City Police Commissioner B Dayananda on Tuesday, 18 June, said the police will ensure that the accused involved in the Renukaswamy murder case are punished and justice is delivered to the victim’s family.

The police have so far arrested 17 people, including Kannada actor Darshan Thoogudeepa and his friend and actor Pavithra Gowda, in connection with the recent murder.

Renukaswamy, a fan of Darshan, had allegedly sent some obscene messages to Gowda on social media, which infuriated the 47-year-old actor, according to police sources.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Dayananda said the police have taken swift and timely action in the case.

“If there was even a bit of carelessness or delay in the probe, the investigation would have been hampered. But the police personnel did their job with dedication and gathered all information and evidence. Because of the quick investigation, the entire matter came to light,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara said there was no need to hand over the case to the CBI as the police were doing a good job in their investigation without succumbing to any pressure.

Parameshwara said this after meeting the parents and wife of Renukaswamy in Chitradurga.

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‘Heinous crime committed in horrific manner’

“It is a heinous crime committed in a horrific manner and we have to ensure that the accused in the case are punished. We have to deliver justice to the victim’s family and our officers and staff are working in this direction,” Dayananda said.

“We are making all efforts to present evidence and details in a systematic manner in the court and we need the media’s support to take this case to the logical end. We expect restraint and patience from the media,” he said.

Considering the “importance, significance and sensitivity” of the case, he said the investigation has been handed over to an Assistant Commissioner of Police level officer.

ACP Vijayanagar is the chief investigating officer and a special investigating team has been formed under him consisting of various inspectors, sub-inspectors and other staff, according to him.

The earlier investigating officer — Inspector of Kamakshipalya (police station) — who had been transferred, was under election duty, Dayananda said. He has now been transferred to Chennammanakere Achukattu police station but has also been made part of the investigation team though he is not in the west division, he said.

All the inspectors and the required staff are carrying out the investigation relentlessly day-in-and-day-out and the Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) is supervising the entire probe, he said.

“With regard to the investigation of the murder case registered in Kamakshipalya police station, wherein an individual has been killed in a very brutal and barbaric way, so far, the police have arrested 17 persons and all the 17 persons have been taken into police custody and their interrogation is being done,” Dayananda said.

‘Being interrogated thoroughly’

“I came here to console the family. This is a painful incident not only for the family but also for all of us. So far, 17 people have been arrested. They are being interrogated thoroughly,” Parameshwara told reporters here.

“Our policemen have done a good job. They did not succumb to any pressure while doing their job. Hence, there is no need to hand over the case to the CBI,” he said in response to a question on the possibility of handing over the case to the premier investigation agency.

“There should not be any politics in this case. I am saying this because I have seen various reports in the media. This incident should not have happened but it did. There could have been some statements but we will not bow to any pressure,” Parameshwara added.

He said Renukaswamy’s family members have demanded justice and a government job.

The victim got married only a year ago and his wife is pregnant.

“I will discuss with the Chief Minister (Siddaramaiah) (on the demand for government job),” the Minister said.

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Renukaswamy’s abduction, murder

Actor Darshan, popularly known as ‘Challenging Star’, Gowda, and his close associates were arrested on 12 June for the murder of the 33-year-old fan on 8 June.

Renukaswamy’s body with multiple injury marks was found near a stormwater drain next to an apartment in Sumanahalli on 9 June. A resident of the district headquarters town of Chitradurga, Renukaswamy worked with a pharmacy company.

He allegedly commented on the social media account of Gowda, accusing her of creating a rift between the actor and his wife. He also allegedly used “indecent language” and posted offensive messages, according to police sources.

“It was Pavithra who instigated Darshan to punish Renukaswamy. Accordingly, the plan was hatched,” the police said. “Darshan engaged the Chitradurga unit of Darshan Fan Club Convenor Raghavendra alias Raghu, who obtained all information about Renukaswamy.”

Renukaswamy’s wife Sahana said Raghavendra picked up her husband on Friday night from near their house. The victim was abducted and taken to a shed in the Kamakshipalya area in Bengaluru, the sources said.

“Darshan beat up Renukaswamy with a belt. After he fell unconscious, his accomplices thrashed him with sticks. Further, they threw him against a wall, which proved fatal,” they said adding there were multiple bone fractures all over his body.

After he died, his body was dumped in a stormwater drain. A food delivery boy who noticed dogs eating a human body alerted the police.

When the police were working on the case, two accused approached Kamakshipalya police and “confessed” to having killed Renukaswamy over a financial dispute.

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CCTV footage, actor Chikkanna questioned

The police team probing the murder case had stumbled upon CCTV footage showing the suspected abduction of the victim by some associates of Darshan in Chitradurga, sources said on 13 June.

The footage showed a man, believed to be Renukaswamy, chatting with someone inside the car and then getting into the vehicle, police sources said. Police suspect that Renukaswamy, a fan of Darshan, was “lured” to go with his abductors.

The footage extracted on 8 June showed the car zooming past the highway. Police believed that Renukaswamy was inside the car. “He was then driven straight to Bengaluru where he was tortured to death,” a police official said.

The police team probing the murder case served a notice to Kannada actor Chikkanna on Monday, 17 June to appear for questioning.

It was decided to question the 37-year-old Chikkanna, who appears primarily in comic roles, as he was allegedly with Darshan on 8 June when the crime was allegedly committed, police sources said.

“It’s only for questioning as of now. We want to know whether he (Chikkanna) knew about the case and the information he has,” a source said.

Police have already recovered ₹30 lakh as the proceeds of the crime, which Darshan had given to his aides to admit that they committed the murder for monetary gain. Meanwhile, more horrifying details have emerged from the investigation into murder case.

Investigation has revealed that Darshan and his gang branded Renukaswamy with a hot metal and also subjected him to an electric shock.

The Kannada film fraternity’s top stars, actors Upendra and Kiccha Sudeep voiced their opinions about Darshan’s alleged involvement in the murder. Both stressed that the victim and his family should get their due justice.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) on Saturday, 15 June, visited the family of Renukaswamy and handed them ₹5 lakh as compensation.

“We gave ₹2.5 lakh to his wife and another ₹2.5 lakh to his father and mother on behalf of KFCC,” Ba Ma Girish, secretary of KFCC said.

(Edited by Shauqueen Mizaj, with inputs from PTI and Nolan Pinto)

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