Police seize car used by actor Darshan’s gang to abduct murder victim

Police have already recovered ₹30 lakh which Darshan had given to his aides to admit that they committed the murder.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 16, 2024 | 10:41 PM Updated Jun 16, 2024 | 10:41 PM

Actor Darshan in Renukaswamy murder

The police team probing the Renukaswamy murder case, in which leading Kannada film actor Darshan Thoogudeepa and his actor friend Pavithra Gowda are the key accused, seized a car on Sunday, 16 June that was allegedly used in kidnapping the victim.

One of the accused persons, Ravi, had allegedly parked the car at a house at Ayyanahalli village in Chitradurga district. Forensic experts were present when the vehicle was seized. The police also interrogated Ravi’s family and seized many items from the car.

Darshan and Pavithra, along with over 15 people, have been arrested in connection with the Renukaswamy murder case.

Meanwhile, the father of one of the accused in the Renukaswamy murder case, died of heart attack, family sources said. Anukumar, who is the accused number seven in the police FIR, lost his father Chandrappa, on Friday, 14 June. Family sources said Chandrappa was depressed ever since his son was arrested.

As Anukumar’s mother was adamant that her son should be present during the funeral, police brought him from Bengaluru to Chitradurga under tight security after seeking permission from a court on late night of 15 June, sources said.

Related: Renukaswamy murder case: Police custody of actor Darshan, 12 others extended by five days

“Chandrappa had died of a heart attack on Friday evening. Anukumar’s mother and family insisted on not picking up the body until Anukumar came,” the sources added. Bengaluru police brought Anukumar to Chitradurga after obtaining permission from the court on late Saturday night.

An Additional Metropolitan Magistrate court on 15 June extended the police custody to Darshan and his 12 aides for five more days, which was to end on 16 June. The extension of police custody was sought to complete the investigation.

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 Renukaswamy murder case.

Investigation has revealed that Darshan and his gang had branded Renukaswamy with a hot metal and also gave him an electric shock. Darshan, Pavithra Gowda and gang were arrested on 11 June for murdering Renukaswamy from Chitradurga on 8 June for sending obscene personal messages to Pavithra Gowda.

He was abducted from Chitradurga and brought to Bengaluru where he was tortured leading to his death.

(Edited by Neena with PTI inputs)

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