After being literally clueless for over four months since the murder of RSS leader Raju, the city police have finally arrested four persons in the connection. The prime accused in the case, along with his three accomplices, have confessed to the crime and admitted that they were professional killers and were targeting leaders of other communities. The arrests were made on the evening of August 4.
Thirty-two-year-old Raju, famous as RSS Raju of Kyathamaranahalli was hacked to death when he was drinking tea at a roadside stall at Udayagiri on March 13 at around 5 pm. There were widespread disturbances in the city after his death and right wing activists had accused the police and the state government of shielding the killers.
The arrested have been identified as 35-year-old Amid from Hunsur (A1), 36-year-old Hamid from Udayagiri (A2), 40-year-old Javed from Shanthinagar near Udayagiri (A3) and 36-year-old Ahmed (A3) whose place of residence has not been confirmed by the police.
The arrests were made under the leadership of CCB ACP Gopal, Udayagiri Inspector Santhosh and Mandi Mohalla Inspector Lakshmikanth Talwar. All the accused are being interrogated at an undisclosed location in the city.
The breakthrough came from Hunsur last week as the identity of Amid was revealed by a person who was in an inebriated state. Immediately the police were alerted and Amid’s movements and phone records were tapped. After Amid’s identity and his role in the murder was established, the police surrounded the other three accused.
Initial investigations revealed that the prime accused Amid from Hunsur used to visit areas that are considered communally sensitive and identify leaders behind Hindu organisations and target them. He targeted Raju as he was a prominent Hindu leader in Kyathamaranahalli.
HUNSUR DOUBLE MURDER CASE
The accused also revealed that he was involved in the sensational 2011 college students kidnap and murder case where two BBM students – Sudheendra, 21, and his friend, Vignesh, 20 both residents of Hunsur – were kidnapped and murdered for money. They were kidnapped onJune 8 and their bodies were found in a field near Chikkaballapur on June 12.
The then home minister in the BJP government R Ashoka had said that the six active members of Karnataka Forum for Dignity were involved in the murder and they sought a ransom of Rs 5 crore to raise funds for their organisation.
The KFD, said to be an outfit of “progressive thinkers”, merged with the Kerala-based Popular Front of India (PFI) on November 22, 2006, following a massive crackdown on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Investigations have revealed that the accused were a part of a 25-member group who targeted leaders from other communities. The money and the identity of whom to be targeted used to come from the actual funders and the accused implemented their orders.
According to police sources, a Kerala-based organisation had funded the accused to commit the crime. However, the police are tight-lipped over the role of the organisation. Amid also used to visit places including Mangaluru, Chikkamagalur, and Madikeri and had targeted Hindu leaders.
Amid has told the police that he was involved in more than 7 cases and he had murdered one more person in Mangaluru. His targets were those leaders from the Hindu community who are active and were spearheading several communally sensitive issues.
Amid has confessed to the police that on March 13 he and his accomplice came to the tea stall – where Raju was sipping tea with his friend – on a bike and had parked the vehicle at a distance. They then attacked Raju with a chopper and fled the spot.
Later they came to a house in Udayagiri, took bath and disposed of their blood-stained clothes and returned to the murder spot after some time. They took to their heels realising that many Hindu activists and leaders were assembling at the spot.
The police have recovered one car, one bike, 8 mobile phones, one dagger and two swords from them.