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Death of cook after consuming holy water – Wife, paramour held

Madikeri

The incident reported from Somwarpet in which a cook, Suresh (32) from Tannirhalla village near Somwarpet, who reportedly died after consuming holy water from a temple in Kasargod received by courier, has taken a new twist. The police have arrested the victim’s wife and a man said to be her paramour.

The identified of the arrested persons have been given as B D Murali, staying on Basaveshwara Road in Somwarpet town, and Radha, Suresh’s widow. Suresh was working as cook for a hotel at Somwarpet.

Radha used to visit the coffee plantation owned by Murali for working as coolie. The two reportedly liked each other and developed illicit relationship. They reportedly planned to eliminate Suresh, who was a stumbling block for their relationship.

The police say that Murali had filled a bottle with water laced with cyanide and sent the same by courier to Suresh’s residence, duly labelling the bottle as temple’s holy water. Radha, who already had knowledge about the plan of her paramour, urged her husband to consume the holy water, as a result of which he lost his life. Radha has been accused of throwing the courier parcel into the fire and destroying evidence.

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