Six persons have been taken into custody by the Jayalakshmipuram police on Friday for interrogation in the Devu murder case. Devu alias Devendra was hacked to death in Paduvarahalli on Thursday morning by a gang of 10 armed men who came in a white Bolero vehicle.
All the six persons belong to Paduvarahalli and they are being grilled to glean information about Devu’s killers, his financial dealings and rivals.
The police have formed two teams headed by Narasimharaja sub-division Assistant Commissioner Umesh G Shet and City Crime Branch ACP C Gopal. Other members of the team include Inspectors Thimmegowda, Shekhar, Guruprasad, C V Ravi and Sunil Kumar and Sub-Inspector Keshavamurthy.
The teams swung into action and on Thursday evening, they visited Paduvarahalli and the crime scene to collect the versions of eyewitnesses and other evidence. Groups of youths residing in and around Paduvarahalli were summoned to the Jayalakshmipuram police station and their statements were recorded and examined.
The police are confident of cracking the case soon. “We have already got vital clues about the killers and the investigations have picked up pace. We will arrest the culprits soon,” said DCP Dr H T Shekhar, speaking to City Today.
Sweets distributed in Belagaavi jail
According to highly-placed sources, sweetmeats were distributed inside the Hindalga Jail in Belagaavi after Devendra alias Devu was murdered. Sources told this newspaper that some of the jail inmates were in celebratory mood and sweets were distributed to all the inmates.
Visit to Belagaavi jail
The police have got vital information that last week, a group of youth from Mysuru had visited Hindalga Jail in Belagaavi where Awa Madesh and his accomplices and convict Ganesh, a rowdy-sheeter, are housed.
It is not clear that whom did the youth meet – either Ganesh or Avva Madesh. The youth hired a Tempo Traveller to travel from Mysuru to Belagaavi.
Madesh, a Janata Dal (Secular) corporator from Ward 32, was sentenced to life imprisonment along with seven others for murdering Rajesh alias Gandhi and Ramesh from Paduvarahalli at a farmhouse in Hunsur in May 2008.
The jail also houses Ganesh who has been convicted in a murder case that rocked the city in October 2006. Ganesh had killed Prasanna alias Babu alias Bulb Babu in Vidyaranyapuram and had cut his body into pieces. Prasanna and Ganesh had rivalry over cable business.
Investigators are also probing the angle of old rivalry and hafta collection. Devendra, a member of Ganesh gang, used to collect hafta from vendors and businessmen and his collection had picked up pace after Awa Madesh was jailed. This had angered his rivals and were waiting for revenge.
Also, Devu was a witness in the double murder case (Rajesh alias Gandhi and Ramesh) in which Awa Madesh was the prime accused and later convicted. Devu, however, turned hostile in the later stages of the trial and the court had ordered to register a perjury case against him. Devu turning hostile had upset the followers of Ganesh and the police are probing this angle too.
Initial investigations have revealed that it was a well-planned murder where the killers meticulously stalked their target and had observed his movements for a few days. Devu routinely took his father Narayanappa to a nearby clinic for blood-sugar level check-up.
According to the police, Devu was involved in real estate business since years and was also involved in many financial dealings. He used to deal with properties and led a life with the commission he used to get out of the business.
Devu was the prime accused in the murder case of rowdy-sheeter Kariappa, a close associate of Awa Madesh. Kariappa, who dealt with construction materials, was hacked to death by a gang in 2010 at his office in T K Layout. The other accused are Sunil, Ramakrishna, Ashoka, Manjesh, Ramesha, Hemanth and Suraj, all residents of Paduvarahalli.
After getting bail in the Kariappa murder case, Devendra lived with his parents, brother and sister-in-law. He was not married and had his own trusted group of friends in Paduvarahalli. He had also put up two houses on rent.
CCTV and Call details
The investigating teams have also procured CCTV visuals from apartments, traffic signals and building complexes in and around Kalidasa Road, Mathrumandali Circle, BM Habitat Mall, Temple Road, KSOU building on the Hunsur Road and Paduvarahalli.
Visuals are being screened for the white Bolero vehicle that carried the assailants and the Pulsar motorbike that acted as a recce vehicle where two youths were passing on the information to someone over phone.
Along with CCTV footage, the police are obtaining mobile tower details in Paduvarahalli and surrounding areas.