Crime
Police suspect that Congress leader Reshma Padekanura was murdered.

The body of Congress leader Reshma Padekanura was found near Krishna River in Karnataka’a Vijayapura in the early hours of Friday. According to the Kolhar Police, Reshma’s body was found near the Kolhar Bridge located near Krishna River at around 6 am on Friday. The Kolhar Police Station have registered a case.

Police suspect that it is a case of murder. She was last seen with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party leader from Maharashtra Toufik in his car on Thursday night, say police. Basavanabagewadi DySP SU Maheshwargouda is heading the probe into her death.

Police say that Reshma’s husband has levelled allegations against Toufik stating that they had a property dispute. According to her husband, Reshma had gone to meet Toufik on Thursday and she had got into the car with him around 12 pm, say police.

Reshma was the JD(S) District President of the Women’s Wing in Vijayapura and had been with the party for over a decade. She also contested from Devarahipparagi Assembly constituency on a JD(S) ticket in 2013 but was defeated. When the JD(S) denied her a ticket in 2018 during the Assembly Elections, Reshma joined the Congress.