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CID to investigate D.K. Suresh murder plot

M.T. Shiva Kumar

Action after suspicion in Congress circles about police competency


Police say JD (S) leader offered Rs. 10 lakh ‘supari' to his accomplices to kill him

One of the accused, facing murder charge, planned to pull it off while on parole


BANGALORE: In a sudden development, the State Government has handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) investigation of the alleged incident of attempt to kill D.K. Suresh, brother of Congress leader and Kanakapura MLA D.K. Shivakumar.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader Bala Narasimhegowda, who is a former chairman of Herindyapanahalli Taluk Panchayat, and three others allegedly hatched a plan to kill Mr. Suresh, also a quarry owner, in Kanakapura recently. The Ramanagaram police had recently arrested the four — the others being Janata Dal (S) leader Kale Gowda, Chikkaraju and Lakshmana — and recovered a country-made revolver from them.

According to the Kodihalli police in Kanakapura taluk, Bala Narasimhegowda had offered Rs. 10 lakh “supari” to his accomplices to kill the Congress leader's brother.

Mr. Shivakumar, who lodged a complaint against the “murder conspiracy” against his brother with the Kodihalli police, said that the suspects hatched the plot in the first week of February this year.

“However, the Kanakapura police had thwarted the plot by arresting the accused,” a top CID officer told The Hindu here on Wednesday night. Kanakapura Rural Police Station Inspector Manjunath was investigating the case.

Political pressure

When some sections in the political circles in Ramanagaram district cast doubts over the police's sincerity in going after the suspects, the case was handed over to the CID, said the officer, who wished to remain anonymous.

One of the accused, arrested on the charge of murdering his girlfriend's husband, planned to execute the murder while on parole and had procured an illegal firearm from an anti-social element, he said. All the four accused are now in judicial custody. Kanakapura police have sent the pistol to the Forensic Science Laboratory.

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