Five persons, including a woman and her children, have been arrested in Karnataka in connection with the murder of a man in Shivamogga district.
According to a local report, the 45-year-old man was murdered on September 26, however, the incident came to light two days later.
Vinod (45), a resident of Achapura village was set on fire by his wife and sons after an ongoing dispute in the family. A fully burnt car with with victim’s dead body on the driver’s seat was recovered from a forest area.
The accused persons – identified as the victim’s wife Binu (42), his elder son Vivek (21), younger son Vishnu (19), Binu’s sister’s son Ashok (23) and Vinod’s brother Sanjay (36) – all have been arrested on Friday.
The accused purchased petrol and made other preparations on September 26. They allegedly strangulated Vinod with an iron wire and smashed his head with an iron rod, after which his body was placed in the car which they later torched.
Vinod was murdered and then the accused transported his body in a car to the Hunasekoppa forest area and torched it to make it look like a case of suicide, according to the police.
Meanwhile, the Theerthahalli police who traced the burnt car initially thought it to be a case of suicide. But when the police started inquiring the family members, their statements differed from each other.
The police added that the victim fought with his family over an affair with a lady from a neighbouring town. The issue created a rift in the relationship between him and all his family members.
Recently, Vinod had sold his land and planned to give a major share to his friend. He was also planning to sell off another property. The family members upset with the conduct of Vinod hatched a conspiracy to kill him, the police said.
All five accused have been sent to judicial custody.
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