The city police have formally arrested one person in connection with Devendra alias Devu murder case that rocked the city on May 6. Devu alias Devendra was hacked to death in Paduvarahalli at around 7:10 am on that day by a gang who came in a white Armada vehicle.
The arrested has been identified as Pavan Kumar of Paduvarahalli and he is being named as Accused Number 1 as he was the first to hit Devu with a sword.
In all, there were 13 people (including Pavan Kumar) in the vehicle and 12 of them are being interrogated at a secret location in Hebbal. The police are building the incident frame-by-frame and will soon arrest the remaining attackers after their role is established, sources said.
Earlier, six persons had surrendered in connection with the murder case. They were identified as Pavan Kumar (now named Al) and Karthik of Paduvarahalli, Rocky from Hebbal, Paramesh of Pimpinahosalli in Srirangapatna Taluk, Karthik of Palahalli and Shivaraju of Ganjam.
On Tuesday, DCP Dr H T Shekhar and Narasimharaja ACP Umesh Shet visited the Jayalakshmipuram police station where Pavan Kumar is being interrogated. Later, the accused will be taken to the spot for mahajar and will be produced before the court.
Sources said that as soon as the attackers spotted Devu sitting near the Marigudi along with his three friends, a sword-wielding Pavan Kumar got down from the vehicle (white Armada) and ran towards Devu. Seeing Pavan Kumar, Devu too fled the spot and fell down as he slipped over coconut frond that were spread out in the area for drying.
As Devu fell, Pavan hit his back with the sword and soon, other attackers joined him and hit his head, back, spinal cord, and thighs. The victim screamed for help in vain and he bled to death.