A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Karnataka, who committed suicide after being accused in a kidnapping and ransom case, was most likely trapped by the gambling mafia operating in Chikmagaluru, the police investigation seems to have found.
Police have apparently found several discrepancies in the claims made by the man who was allegedly kidnapped and later accused DSP Kalappa Handibag of receiving Rs 10 lakh as ransom. “The DSP was trapped. He was unaware of any kidnapping,’’ police sources familiar with the CID investigation said.
In the Assembly Tuesday, a Congress MLA also alleged that DSP Handibag was trapped by the gambling mafia in Chikmagaluru for targeting its activities. “There are Rs 60 lakh worth of transactions everyday in the illegal gambling business and DSP Kalappa Handibag was trapped falsely in a kidnapping case for targeting this racket. A former minister from Chikmagaluru has been protecting this racket,’’ Congress MLA A S Patil Nadahalli said.
Claiming that the DSP was told to collect money from one party and hand it over to another in relation to a real estate dispute, the MLA alleged that the officer became a party to the deal because a police informant, Praveen Kandya, contacted him and asked him to act as a conduit.
“Let the police find out who Praveen Kandya spoke to before and after calling the DSP. It was all part of a plan to trap Kalappa Handibag. Senior officers are also involved,’’ alleged Nadahalli.
Even, former CM and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy alleged that Handibag was innocent and victim of the gambling racket.
Handibag, 30, had committed suicide on July 5 following news that an FIR had been filed against him and four others in a kidnapping and ransom case. The case against Handibag was filed by one Thejas Gowda H M (37), who along with 23 others was arrested by police on charges of gambling hours before he claimed that he was kidnapped on June 28. Interestingly, Thejas was the only one in the group to be bailed out.
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