Shanthakumar (26) the killer who strangulated Sharath, son of IT officer, and went missing thereafter has been arrested by the police at his house, reports Kannada Prabha.
Shanthakumar, a resident of Tavarekere, is a driver with Uber. He was with Sharath when Vishal found out that Sharath’s father had gone to the police. Vishal called Shanthakumar and instructed him to kill Sharath. Shanthakumar used the same ropes in which Sharath was tied to strangle him.
As soon as he came to know that on Sept 21, police arrested Vishal, Vinod, Vinay Prasad alias Vikky and Karan Pai, he went absconding. He had parked the car used for killing Sharath at Bidadi and gone to Kunigal. From Kunigal he had travelled to Mandya, Srirangapatna and returned home on Monday evening. He was planning to go to Tirupathi at night. Police who were on the lookout for him, arrived and arrested him.
He confessed to the crime only after intense interrogation. He said as per Vishal’s instructions, on Sept 12, Shanthakumar, along with Vikky and Karan were waiting at Ullal RTO. Vishal arrived there with Sharath and he was kidnapped in the car. Shanthakumar had tied Sharath’s hands and legs. At around 11 pm Vishal called Shanthakumar and told him to kill Sharath and he used the same ropes to strangulate Sharath, confessed Shanthakumar. He also confessed that the body was thrown into the tank. After two days when the body came up they removed the body and took it to Kurubana Palya quarry and buried it, he told the investigators.