Niranjan Bhat, accused in Bhaskar Shetty’s murder attempts suicide in jail


Udupi: In a shocking turn of events, Niranjan Bhat (26), one of the accused in Udupi businessman Bhaskar Shetty’s murder, attempted suicide when he was lodged in Manipal jail on Tuesday.

Bhat attempted to end his life by swallowing his diamond ring; he was rushed to a hospital in Ajjarkad where he is said to be stable.

Bhat, who was said to be absconding soon after the murder, was in police custody from Sunday night itself. However, it is yet to be ascertained whether he was arrested or was it surrender. In the meantime, there were also rumours that Bhat was arrested in Dharwad on Monday while some others say that he was arrested from Bidar.

The police had taken Bhat to his residence at Nandalike to search for Shetty’s body, however locals had gathered at the spot in large numbers and hence Bhat was brought back.

Bhaskar Shetty had gone missing on July 28 and his mother had filed a missing complaint a few days later. The murder came to light and Shetty’s wife and son were arrested.

It is said that Bhat’s father Srinivas Bhat was questioned on August 7. Bhat’s driver, who is also his whistle-blower was arrested and is likely to be produced in court on Tuesday.


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