Mysuru: Police said on Tuesday that they had arrested two persons in connection with the murder of an 82-year-old retired Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer in Mysuru, and that the investigation has revealed that a property dispute motivated the murder.
Manu, 30, an MBA graduate, and his friend Varun Gowda, 30, an MCA graduate, a resident of Kuvempu Nagar were arrested. On Friday, RN Kulkarni, a retired IB officer, and resident of Mysuru, went for an evening walk in the Manasa Gangothri-Mysore University campus. Around 5.30 p.m., an unidentified vehicle struck him from behind, killing him. The VV Puram traffic police initially filed a case of hit-and-run driving due to negligence and rash driving. Later, it was discovered that RN Kulkarni had been murdered.
Mysuru City Police Commissioner Chandragupta stated that Manu is the son of Madappa, who built a building next to Kulkarni’s house in Mysuru’s TK Layout of Sharadadevi Nagar.
Kulkarni had objected to violating the bylaws by not leaving enough space. Kulkarni first approached Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), which did not take any action, but later went to the local court. The court had served MCC with a notice in this regard. MCC, in turn, issued a notice to Madappa on November 2 asking to demolish part of the structure that was built by violating the law.
This episode enraged Manu, and he devised a plan to murder Kulkarni. During the investigation, the police discovered that Manu and Varun had done their homework and planned the murder.
The CCTV footage, on the other hand, clearly showed that it was a deliberate act. Manu, according to Chandragupta, was driving the car at the time of the incident. Even Madappa was unaware of his son’s plan, but investigations are still ongoing. He continued, “There is another accused in the case, and we have launched a manhunt to find him.”
RN Kulkarni, born in Savanur, Haveri district, in 1940, graduated from Karnataka University Dharwad. He began working for IB in 1963 and held various positions for the next three decades before retiring in 1998. RN Kulkarni, who spent his retirement years in Mysuru, also wrote several books.