Mangaluru: The police have cracked the murder case of a 30-yr-old daily-wage worker, who went missing on the day of his wedding in Dharmasthala police station limits, by arresting a temple priest and five others.
The arrested have been identified as Ananda, 30, temple priest of Shree Adhishakti Mahamayi Temple; Belthangady, Praveen Naik, resident of Church Road, Belthangady, Vinay Bangera, 30, resident of Charmadi Village; Lokesh Moolya, resident of Pudu village; Prakash, 31, resident of Moodukodi village; Nagaraj, 39, resident of Melanthabettu.
The police took up the case after the remains of a body was found at Avekki on the Dharmasthala-Patrame Road on April 30.
Talking about the case, Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase told reporters that a small "material evidence", a belt buckle, found on the body gave them the crucial lead to establish the identity of the dead person and begin the hunt for the killers.
As the police began their investigation, they learnt that the victim was Suresh, 30, a resident of Belthangady, who went missing on the day of his wedding on April 30. The body was identified by his uncle Sanjeeva Naik, who had filed a missing complaint. with the help of material evidence.
Police first arrested Vinay Bangera, 30, a resident of Charmadi village due to some "evidence". "During interrogation, he spilled beans about Suresh's murder. Based on his confession, other accused were arrested," said the police.
According to the police, the temple priest, father of two children, was having an affair with a girl who was getting married to the deceased.
Upset over the marriage, the temple priest hatched a plan to kill Suresh. The killers called Suresh a day before his wedding and asked him to meet them on the pretext of discussing about a government scheme.
"When Suresh arrived at the pre-designated spot, the accused took him to remote place in a four-wheeler. They threatened him to drop his marriage plans with the girl. When Suresh refused, they strangled him with a nylon rope. The accused later took the body near Avakki, wrapped it with a gunny sack and burnt it using petrol," said the police.