- 19-year-old student kidnapped on September 12
- Had sent WhatsApp video listing kidnappers' demand for 50 lakhs
- Body found in lake, cops say best friend helped kidnap, kill him
4 men have been arrested in connection with the crime including one of the student's best friends. This morning, they reportedly led the police to the place where they had buried the 19-year-old.
Sharath, whose father, Niranjan Kumar is a senior Income Tax official, was kidnapped on September 12 while riding his new motorcycle. With him was his friend, Vishal. The police said today that the student was abducted in a Swift Dzire by his friend.
Sharath was strangled with a nylon rope, the police said today. His body was then dumped in a lake, but rose up to the top, after which the attackers tied stones to it and tried to sin; it again. Later, they put it in a jute bag and buried it near the lake, the police said today.
Vishal, identified with just one name by the police, spent days with Sharath's family as they waited for news on him, said the police. It was cellphone records that helped establish his links to the crime, the police said.