TNN Apr 1, 2009, 10.12pm IST
MADIKERI: Kodagu district and sessions court pronounced death sentence for three murder accused, here on Wednesday.
The incident took place on 7-2-2002 in Mysore. The victim was a native of Gonikoppal. The accused were also natives of Gonikoppal.
Gopinath, owner of Prashanth Jewellers, Gonikoppal, had planned to carry 750 grams of gold, 250 grams of silver with Rs 20,000 for cleaning the materials in Mysore on Februaury 7.
On February 6, his friend Manojkumar, the owner of Shri Devi Cushion works, Gonikoppal, came to Gopinath's shop and got information about his travel the next day. He devised a plan taking two of his workers into confidence.
Gopinath was travelling in a KSRTC bus to Mysore from Gonikoppal. The accused followed him in a car. When Gopinath descended the bus for a tea break the trio dragged him to the Hunsur bus stand and carried him in the car.
They mercilessly strangulated him using a nylon rope in Kolgat area. Robbing the gold and silver, the trio hauled the dead body into the car and proceeded to Athur village, which is the native place of Manojkumar. They threw the dead body into the open well behind Manojkumar's house.
Prashanth, the son of the victim enquired with Mysore Jewellers where his father was supposed to go. However, the jewellers confirmed that he had not arrived.
After four days of the incident the victim's son Prashanth complained to then Gonikoppal CI Nagaraj who started an enquiry. Hearing the complaint Manojkumar started detatching himself from Prashanth which led to suspicion and the Gonikoppal police arresting him. Manojkumar cooked up a new story in front of the police saying that had committed the crime on request by the victim's son Prashanth. The police got confused and the government handed the case to COD.
COD inspector Abdul Sattar managed to break the story with proof and the dead body was exhumed and re post mortem was conducted. COD filed a chargesheet under sections 302,365 and 392 for murder, kidnap and robbery in Virajpet Court against Manojkumar and his workers Rafiq and Janardan.
The case was then transferred to the district court. The magistrate Shrikanth Babuladi heard 33 witnesses and passed the death sentence order on Wednesday. QL
Source: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2009-04-01/mysore/28033494_1_gopinath-death-sentence-ksrtc-bus accessed on 7th February 2012
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