Six arrested for murder of Mysore students



Bangalore: The police on Wednesday claimed to crack the case of abduction and murder of two Mysore students by arresting six members of a cultural organisation.

Announcing the arrests, Karnataka Home Minister R Ashoka told reporters here that the six were active members of the Karnataka Forum for Dignity (KFD) with branches in Mysore and Hunsur and wanted to raise funds through the abduction.

The accused have been identified as Adil Pasha (23), a butcher, Ameen (23) and Rehaman (25), both wood polishers, Kouser (26), a contractor, Athaulla Khan (26), a cell phone repairer, and Saffeer Ahmed (34), an electrician.

The accused were also involved in the 2009 communal riots in Mysore, acting state DGP S T Ramesh claimed.

He said as per preliminary investigations the six had demanded the ransom to mobilise funds for the group.

Ramesh said the police would probe the role of the organisation and its activities.

Sudeedra (21) and Vignesh (20) were kidnapped on June 8 and a ransom of Rs five crore was demanded for their release.

On June 11, the abductors allegedly took the students to Chikkaballapur and strangled them and later stabbed them before dumping their bodies on the roadside near Agalagurki village in the district.

Ramesh claimed Adil Pasha and Athaulla Khan were also involved in four cases of murder and attempt to murder.

Police said they have recovered two vehicles, a toy pistol, a gold Ganesha pendant, two knives and six cell phones from them.

PTI