: Cracking the Kannada actress Manjula’s brutal murder in mysterious circumstances, the Central Crime Branch today arrested five people including victim’s husband for allegedly hatching the plan for killing her.
Working in small roles in movies like Josh, Pran, Appu and Omkara and some tele serials, the actress’ decomposed body was found this Sunday.
Her husband, Yogesh was formerly a BBMP contractor, constructing sewage canals in the city and Manjula was a small time tv actress. The duo were introduced through a common friend when Yogesh was trying his hand in the television industry but was not having enough money.
Manjula was looking for roles in feature films, without much success. Yogesh told her that he was setting up a Kannada channel, and it would be mutually beneficial for them. Gradually, Manjula, who was married with two kids at the time, fell in love with Yogesh and on his advice, she got a divorce, and the two got married in 2007.
Post marriage, Manjula landed supporting roles in some movies, and similarly, Yogesh made more contacts in the industry. He also started drinking heavily. Gradually, he lost most of his money to people, and Manjula too, was losing her screen presence. Yogesh had borrowed heavily from people and was struggling to repay them.
After some time, Because of Yogesh's drinking problem, Manjula had had an affair. Soon, Yogesh got wind of it, and decided to kill her for cheating on him.
He hatched a plan, and paid Rs. 6 lakh to four contract killers,i.e., Vikram, Anil, Prakash and Radeesh. On July 7, the group took her to Magadi, and strangled her to death. They buried the body, and went their separate ways. Yogesh filed a complaint with the Nandini Layout police station that Manjula had gone missing, avoid any suspicion on him.
The case was transferred to the CCB after a fortnight. Officials, after investigating for a while, stumble upon the fact that Yogesh was already planning to remarry. Further investigation led them to the four others, and hence, they solved the case.
B N Nyamagouda, ACP, (CCB) said, "Yogesh tried to turn us away from the investigation many times, but we caught on quick. We first trapped the other four and Yogesh later. We recovered Rs. 55 lakh in cash and other valuables from them. He killed her because of her affair."