The Hubballi police have arrested seven accused in connection with the Akhil Mahajansheth murder case. The dead body of Akhil, 26, was exhumed on Wednesday and buried by the accused at a sugarcane field in Devikoppa near Kalaghatgi in the presence of Assistant Commissioner Ashok Teli, following all the procedures.
DCPs Sahil Bagla and Gopal Byakod and ACP Vinod Muktedar were at the site; a team of experts from the KIMS Forensic Science Wing performed the postmortem at the site, and the experts from the Regional Forensic Lab in Hubballi were present and gathered vital information in connection with the murder case.
In a press conference, Police Commissioner Labhu Ram stated that Akhil was murdered on December 1 and that the missing person case filed by his uncle on December 3 was false. The father confessed the crime and said he hired six accused to execute the supari. The police, after a rigorous investigation, nabbed six accused and found the dead body after searching for it at various locations.
He said the investigation is going on, they are investigating the case from all angles, and the chances of the involvement of a few others are not ruled out. Ram stated that the murder was motivated by personal issues but did not elaborate.
Ram also said the victim was smothered to death in that field. The role of each accused has yet to be ascertained. The dead body was handed over to the family members after the autopsy. The main accused, Akhil’s father, Bharath Mahajanshet, handed over the victim to the Supari killers at the murder location and returned home.
The other six accused are Mahadev Nalwad, Saleem Salauddin Moulvi, Rehman Vijapur, Prabhayya Hiremath, and Mohammed Hanif, all residents of Hubballi, said the police. Ram said that the three accused were arrested immediately after the confession of the prime accused, and of the remaining four, one was arrested from Hospete last night, three accused were arrested near Gabbur this morning (Wednesday)
Body was buried with salt and camphor
Sources said that the victim was buried with heaps of salt and camphor to avoid stray dogs and wild animals digging the pit and dragging the body out. The accused buried the body in a systematic manner. The police said that they placed a cloth in the victim’s mouth.
Inspectors Jagadish Hanchanal, JM Kalimirchi, Anand Onakudre, Santosh Pawar, and BS Mantur were part of the investigation team.