Mysterious death from missing case: How the body of Karnataka MLA’s nephew was found

Since Chandrasekhar (24), considered Renukacharya’s political heir in close circles, went missing on October 30 after going to meet spiritual leader Vinay Guruji, the Honali MLA went on to release a video appeal for his nephew’s return that he suggests may have been abducted.

“I have some political rivals who can’t do anything to me. They may use Chandrasekhar to take revenge,” Renukacharya said on Thursday morning and appealed to the police to trace his nephew.

According to sources, his family members tried to steer Chandrasekhar away from spirituality in the past as he spent most of his time traveling with Guruji.

A follower of Isha Foundation, Chandrasekhar went to Gauri Gad in Chikkamagaluru with his friend Kiran but only the latter returned, leaving many questions unanswered. Suspicions have also arisen over Chandrasekhar’s body being found in the back seat of the car.

BJP MLA MP Renukacharya (left) and his nephew Chandrasekhar (right) (Twitter/@MPRBJP)

Police detained Kiran for questioning but they said he was unaware of Chandrasekhar’s whereabouts. According to a police officer, Chandrasekhar dropped Kiran at his house and left on October 30.

According to police sources, Chandrasekhar’s phone was active at 11.45 pm on October 30.

Police in Chitradurga, Chikkamagaluru, Davangere and Shivamoga districts received information that spare parts of a car were found on a bridge near a canal at Kadadakatte, 5-6 km from Honali, and a portion of the bridge was damaged.

A search operation followed and the police discovered a Hyundai Creta with registration number KA17 MA2534. The vehicle is registered in the name of Chandrasekhar’s father Ramesh MP.

Davangere SP Rishyant CB said the forensic science laboratory officials have collected the evidence and investigation is on.

Asked how the vehicle was identified, Rishanth said a small part of it was visible to local villagers, who reported it to the police. “On a search, we found that it was the same car that Chandrasekhar was using. His body was found in it,” he said.

Police Inspector Devaraj, who was recently transferred to Udupi, was brought back on Wednesday to investigate the case as he had experience working in Honali for the last 2-3 years.

Chandrasekhar was very active in local politics. “The local functions he attended on behalf of Renukacharya earned him fame. Because he showed no pride, people liked him. His personal life was not known to many,” said a local activist, requesting anonymity.

His father Ramesh is a first class contractor.

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