At least four persons including a forest anti-poaching watcher were held on Wednesday in Valparai for murdering a 22-year-old person from a tribal community. K. Ramakrishnan, who was residing in Shekal mudi estate, went missing a month ago. His father Kuttan lodged a complaint at Valparai police.
Meanwhile, police received a tip about a body covered in a gunny bag hidden in the space between rocks in a 1,000 feet gorge near Anali estate inside the reserve forest. The police rushed to the spot, rescued the body and identified the deceased as Ramakrishnan. Police enquired with his friends Siva Kumar, 20, and Karthic, 18. Aafter an enquiry at the police station they admitted to the crime.
According to a police official, Ramakrishnan had thrown a drinks party for his friends Siva Kumar, Karthic and a forest AP watcher Muthu, 26, who is a common friend. They went to Anali estate inside the thick forest and drank, Siva Kumar and Karthic teased about the looks of the girl, whom Ramkrishnan is yet to marry. Ramakrishnan, who got angry, shouted at his friends and also verbally abused them.
Sivakumar and Karthic attacked Ramakrishnan cruelly for abusing them; meanwhile Karthic stabbed Ramakrishnan with the knife, which he had with him. They packed the body in gunny bag and hid it in the space between rocks in the gorge near Anali estate inside the reserve forest, Palanisamy 45, uncle of Karthic, was also arrested in the case for helping them to hide the body, said the official.