Bengaluru: Son of IT officer kidnapped and killed, four including friend arrested

Kidnapped Keralite teenager found dead TV reports

Later, a WhatsApp video was sent to the teen's parents, in which the victim was make to convey a ransom of Rs 50 lakh if he had to be set free.

The police have arrested six persons, including the victim's friend Vishal, in connection with the death. The 19-year-old's father, Niranjan Kumar, is a senior Income Tax official.

"Though Sharath did not respond on his mobile when his parents tried to contact him, his father received a video message from his son's mobile asking him to arrange the ransom for his release", said Prasad.

So far the police have arrested a total of 6 people in the case.

"Sharath is believed to have been strangled in the auto around midnight".

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Later, the accused had allegedly strangulated Sharath using a nylon rope in a vehicle and dumped his body in a lake at Ramohalli, fearing they will be caught after they learnt that a kidnap case was filed against them by his father.

According to police, the kidnappers killed Sharath because they were scared of being nabbed after learning that his family had filed a police complaint.

When the victim's bloated body was found floating in the lake a few days later, the accused had fished it out and buried it in the nearby rocky terrain at Ajjenahalli. Vishal told Sharath to meet near Shirke Apartment at Kengeri Satellite Town, and then later they rode their bikes till Ullal RTO office. Sharath is believed to have been strangulated a couple of days after he was kidnapped, said police. The police exhumed the body, conducted a post-mortem and handed the body over to the family.

The police have recovered Sharath's motorcycle from the house of one of the kidnappers and two cars used for kidnapping and shifting the body. "They made a decision to take the body and bury it in a stone quarry nearby", Rathore said.

His idea was to ensure that the family did not file a police complaint, get the ransom amount, and distribute it among themselves.

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