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Renukaswamy murder case: Father of accused dies of heart attack days after his son's arrest

Bengaluru police brought Anukumar - one of the accused whose father died - to Chitradurga after obtaining permission from the court on late Saturday night.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Chitradurga Updated on: June 16, 2024 13:03 IST
Actors Darshan and Pavithra Gowda
Image Source : X Actors Darshan and Pavithra Gowda

The father of one of the accused in the Renukaswamy murder case died of a heart attack, family sources said on Saturday. Leading Kannada actor Darshan and his actress friend Pavithra Gowda are the key accused in the high-profile murder case.

Anukumar, accused number seven in the police FIR, lost his father Chandrappa, they added. He was under depression ever since the arrest of his son, family sources said. 

The court allowed Anukumar to attend his father's funeral as his mother was adamant that her son should be present during the funeral. Police brought him from Bengaluru to Chitradurga under tight security after seeking permission from a court on late Saturday night, sources said.

"Chandrappa had died of a heart attack on Friday evening. Anukumar's mother and family insisted on not picking up the body until Anukumar came," the sources added.

An Additional Metropolitan Magistrate court on Saturday extended the police custody to Darshan and his 12 aides for five more days, which was to end on Sunday. The extension of police custody was sought to complete the police investigation.

Police have already recovered Rs 30 lakh as the proceeds of the crime, which Darshan had given to his aides to admit that they committed the murder for monetary gain.

Meanwhile, more horrifying details have emerged from the investigation into Renukaswamy murder case. Investigation has revealed that Darshan and his gang had branded Renukaswamy with a hot metal and also gave him an electric shock.

Darshan, Pavithra Gowda and gang were arrested on June 11 for murdering Renukaswamy from Chitradurga on June 8 for sending obscene personal messages to Pavithra Gowda.

He was abducted from Chitradurga and brought to Bengaluru where he was tortured leading to his death.

(With PTI inputs)

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