The name of a Karnataka Police officer, who was accused of involvement in alleged kidnapping for ransom of a betting operator, has been dropped from a chargesheet filed by the state CID in the case.
Kallappa Handibag, a DSP in the Chikmagalur region, had committed suicide on July 5 after being linked to the kidnapping case.
The DSP was named in the case of kidnapping of a betting operator, Tejas Gowda, by a gang hired by the local gambling mafia to recover a sum of Rs 25 lakh in betting dues. The DSP was drawn into the case after an acquaintance, Bajrang Dal regional leader Praveen Khandya, allegedly asked him to receive Rs 10 lakh that was handed over as ransom by associates of the kidnapped victim.
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The CID probe has now found that the police officer was implicated in the case despite being unaware of the circumstances under which the Rs 10 lakh was being handed over to him.
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The kidnapping victim, Tejas Gowda, had named the DSP as one of the suspects in the case. The CID, which was entrusted the case, has found that the kidnapping was carried out on behalf of the gambling mafia in Chikmagalur to recover dues from Tejas Gowda.
The CID filed a chargesheet in connection with the case on October 1 and Handibag’s name has been dropped from the list of the accused.
A Bajrang Dal leader in Chikmagalur, Praveen Khandya, who has been absconding for the last three months, has been identified as the main accused in the case. Khandya is alleged to have hired a gang to carry out the kidnapping to recover
Rs 25 lakh that Gowda owed a local financier and gambling racket operator, Kallmane Nataraj. The Bajrang Dal leader who was known as an informant to the local police allegedly hired a gang from Bangalore to carry out the kidnapping.
The gang members, who executed the kidnapping, have been identified as Abhishek Kumar, Ashwin Shetty and his father Naveen
Shetty, Pradeep Kumar, Joy Milton, Jeevan Kumar, Yashas Gowda, Keerti and Vijay Kumar.
“We don’t know what happened to the Rs 10 lakh that was allegedly received by DSP Kallappa on the request of Praveen Khandya.
We have to apprehend Praveen Khandya to find out what happened to the ransom amount,” a CID officer said.
The state government had recently awarded a Rs 30 lakh compensation to the DSP’s family.