Ten days after the kidnapping of Sharath N., 19, the Jnana Bharathi police recovered his highly decomposed body from a quarry at Ajjenahalli, Ramanagaram, on Friday morning.
His parents and sister reportedly received a WhatsApp video message in which the abductors asked them to arrange Rs 50 lakh as ransom.
Son of a senior Income Tax official, Sharath was kidnapped on 12 September when he was reportedly riding his new motorcycle. In the video, Sharath was filmed telling his parents that he was being tortured.
Deputy commissioner of police (north sub-division) Chetan Singh Rathore said five people had been identified as the perpetrators, including Sharath's friend HP Vishal, 20. They later joined Shantha, Vikky and had a beer before they made Sharath get into a vehicle that Vikky had borrowed from his friend.
The kidnappers killed Sharath after finding out that his parents filed a police complaint. They first disposed of the body in the Narasimaiah lake, but it resurfaced on the third day, forcing them to fish out the bloated body and drive around the city, until they chose to bury it at Kurubarapalya Bande from where it was exhumed on Friday morning. Soon after, Vishal visited Sharath's house to console the family. Vishal told Sharath to meet near Shirke Apartment at Kengeri Satellite Town, and then later they rode their bikes till Ullal RTO office.
The report added that Sharath's mother also sent an SMS to her son saying that they would complain to the police. They tied more stones to the body and put it back in the lake. The victim also asked his parents not to file a police complaint.
However, a couple of days after the murder they found the body floating in the lake. They then took out the decomposed body and went around the city for a day in a vehicle, and then buried it near a quarry at Ajjenahalli in Ramanagaram district, the police said.
The mobile phone of the victim was switched off after the Whatsapp video was sent.