Three men and a woman journalist have been arrested by Kunigal police in connection to the murder of a headmaster of a Raichur private school, according to reports.
News reports say the accused have been identified as 28-year-old Tejeshwari S, a crime reporter based out of Bengaluru’s Rajajinagar, 37-year-old Basanagouda H from Raichur, 37-year-old Prakash Kumar K from Bengaluru’s Anjana Nagara and 38-year-old Ashoka J who hails from Kamakshipalya. The four accused had allegedly conspired and murdered 45-year-old Sudheendra Mutalik, a headmaster of a school in Lingasugur.
The victim, Sudheendra, was allegedly acquainted with Basanagouda, who was the owner of Natural Home Hotel in Raichur, through IPL betting, to which the victim was reportedly addicted to, according to TNIE. As a result of the same, he allegedly incurred several debts, which led to several fights between Sudheendra and his wife, Ambika, TOI reports. Around the same time, Basanagouda had an affair with Ambika. When Sudheendra found out about the affair, he divorced Ambika.
Following this, Basanagouda wanted to marry Ambika, but the latter’s parents were against the relationship, and reportedly believed that her marital disputes with the victim would be resolved soon. At this point, the accused decided to kill Sudheendra. He turned to Tejeshwari and Prakash Kumar for help with the same. The trio code named the operation ‘Operation Oota Ayitha’ (Have you had food?), reports say.
Initially, the accused planned to make the victim’s death look like an accident, but when that failed they had Prakash Kumar take Sudheendra out for dinner and drinks. Later, they strangled him in a car and threw his body off Huliyurudurga Road, according to reports.
Police identified the body as Sudheendra’s and were soon able to trace the suspects.
It later came to light that Basanagouda had reportedly taken out a life insurance policy in the victim’s name, for Rs 50 lakh, in order to be able to claim the same following the murder. While Tejeshwari, Basanagouda and Prakash were directly involved, Ashoka has been arrested for being an accomplice, as he was driving the car in which the trio strangled the headmaster.