Karnataka: Three accused sent to 14-day police custody in connection with murder of BJP ex-corporator Rekha Kadiresh

A court on Saturday sent three accused to 14-day police custody who were arrested today in connection with the murder of ex-Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike(BBMP) corporator and BJP leader Rekha Kadiresh. With 3 more arrests, a total of 5 persons have been arrested in connection with murder case. Teams are conducting searches at 3 different locations in Bengaluru city said the police official.

According to police, three accused are identified as Stephen (21), Ajay, (21) and Purushottam (22), all residents of Cottonpet, Bengaluru. The police added that the search team has arrested Peter a.k.a. Lamboo Peter (46) and Surya (19) in the wee hours of Friday after opening fire on them when they resisted the police efforts to nab them.

The police said that of the five at least three are related to Rekha's husband Kadiresh who too was killed in a similar fashion in February 2018. "Arrested accused are part of Kadiresh's criminal gang that operated in the Cottonpet area. These accused have a history of often falling out and joining Kadiresh in the past too," explained the police.

Slain BJP leader, Rekha (45) was second wife to S. Kadiresh, and elected twice to Bengaluru Local Civic Body on the BJP's ticket.

Prior to his death, Kadiresh was facing more than dozen cases of murders, extortion and attempt to murder cases and ran gang in Cottonpet, one of the oldest and thickly populated areas.

The police has registered a case and an investigation is underway.

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