Wife, lover and 2 aides booked for businessman’s murder
Krishna, 40, proprietor of Chanakya School, Dattagalli, died in late October 2016. His wife Radha, Kiran’s elder sister, said he had died of a heart attack at their Dattagali home. Claiming her husband would drink excessively, she told relatives she had taken him to a private hospital for treatment but in vain. Krishna and her relatives didn’t suspect foul play and he was cremated the next day.
The plot unravelled on on Friday following a petition by Kiran. He told police he was being blackmailed for weeks by someone called Manjunath who threatened to reveal details about his relationship with Radha. After the complaint reached CCB cops, the blackmailer was grilled and he revealed details of the murder.
Police investigation revealed that Krishna had been smothered to death with a pillow by Radha and three associates, including her lover Manjunath. While Manjunath and his associate Aruna were arrested, Radha and another accomplice Manju are absconding.
Krishna had been running a primary school and a mineral water plant in Dattagalli in Kuvempunagar police limits. Radha was the daughter of Krishna’s sister. The relationship soured a few months after marriage. In the meantime, she had befriended Manjunath who was in-charge of the mineral water plant. Aruna and Manju worked under him there.
CCB ACP C Gopal told TOI that Radha had taken over over administration of the school and the mineral water plant after Krishna’s death. Some months later, Manjunath, Aruna and Manju were thrown out of the mineral plant and that’s when Manjunath demanded Rs 25 lakhs from her and threatened to talk about the murderand their relationship.
When she didn’t heed his demands for two months, Manjunath called Radha’s brother Kiran recently and demanded Rs 1 crore to keep quiet. By then, Kiran, who had taken over managing the school and mineral water business, approached city cops.