The Bengaluru police Thursday arrested the owner of a rival internet service provider for the murder of Aironics Media Private Limited MD Phanindra Subramanyam and CEO Vinu Kumar.
Arun Kumar Azad, who owns GNet, was nabbed from the Bengaluru airport on his return from Delhi Wednesday night. The police had already arrested three men — Santosh, 26; Shabarish alias Felix, 27; and Vinay Reddy, 23 — in connection with the case.
Subramanyam, 36, and Vinu Kumar, 47, were stabbed to death by three men inside their office in the Amruthahalli area of the city Tuesday.
Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Raman Gupta told The Indian Express that Arun Kumar was the mastermind of the killing and he hired the others to eliminate the business rivals.
In a police complaint, Shankara Narayana, a colleague of Subramanyam had alleged business rivalry and the role of Arun Kumar in the murders.
A police officer said, “Subramanyam was their target. As Vinu Kumar came to save his colleague, he also was killed. The accused had consumed alcohol near Electronic City before going to the office to kill. Shabarish worked for GNet and had a special bond with Arun.”
BJP leader Suni Deodhar claimed Subramanyam was a Hindu seer in a tweet. “Hindu Seer brutally murdered in Bengaluru. #Paneendra_subramanyam no more. Alarming situation in #Karnataka has arrived due to a Government that idolises tyrant #TipuSultan.”
Mohan Gowda of Hindu Jagarana Vedike tweeted, “One more Hindu Leader brutally murdered in Bengaluru. #Paneendra_subramanyam no more. Om Shanti”
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However, the Bengaluru police refuted the claims and said it was a murder due to a business rivalry case and Phanindra was not a seer. The police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 302 (murder), 120b (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) at the Amruthahalli Police Station.