Income Tax officer’s son found dead in B’luru; six arrested

Police have finally recovered the body of the son of an Income Tax officer, who was kidnapped on 12 September. Police have also arrested six people including victim’s friend Vishal in this connection.

It need be recalled that 19-year-old Sharath left home around 6.30 pm on his new bike but when he did not return even after 8 pm, his mother called his mobile repeatedly which went unanswered.  Sharath was kidnapped and the kidnappers had demanded Rs 50 lakh ransom. The demand was made via video message sent to the parents on WhatsApp in which the victim reportedly said that he was being tortured and asked his father to arrange for the money. Sharath’s father Niranjan Kumar is a senior Income Tax official. Two days later, his parents received a video on WhatsApp in which he listed the demand for ransom, but reportedly appeared calm. Police sources say a second WhatsApp video reportedly helped establish that he was alive. Sharath reportedly told his parents that the kidnappers looked like terrorists and could also harm his sister.

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