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Six ‘blackmail’ BJP Periyapatna medical cell president, swindle several lakhs

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Mysuru: In a major embarrassment to BJP in the district, a party leader has lodged a complaint against fellow leader and five others for blackmailing and swindling several lakhs of rupees from him.

Dr Prakash Babu Rao K, the president of BJP medical cell in Periyapatna taluk in the district and resident of Dattagalli in the city has lodged the complaint at Kuvempunagar station in the city.

According to the first information report (FIR) the accused are named as- Naveen of Neralakuppe, Shivaraju of Makodu, Harish of Muddanahalli, Anitha of Hunsur, Viji of Nandipur and other unknown persons. Barring Anitha, remaining accused are from Periyapatna taluk.

Naveen is also a BJP leader and is known to Rao as he was also visiting the clinic of the latter. 

A native of Ira village in Dakshina Kannada, Rao is running a clinic by name Lakshmi Health Care on B M road in Periyapatna town since 2009. While his wife Vani runs Lakshmi Medical shop in the same building.

Rao has alleged that he had lost a memory chip of his cellphone in the clinic in the fag end of 2019. However in the month of January this year, Naveen and two others- Shivaraju and Harish who came near his house in the city threatened to expose him if he doesn’t heed his words.

The memory chip had a video of Rao’s private moments with a woman and Naveen allegedly showed it to Rao. He allegedly demanded Rs one crore to return the memory chip.

When Rao was thinking over the next step, Naveen and other accused returned after two days on January 11 and started demanding money. When Rao handed over Rs one lakh the trio collected but warned of returning again. Since then and till October 29, Rao allegedly gave them a total of Rs 31.3 lakh.

Recently, when Rao was traveling in his car to Mysuru, with his friend Sukesh, the trio- Naveen, Shivaraju and Harish waylaid the vehicle near Hunsur- Gonikoppa cross and allegedly threatened to get rid of him if he failed to pay them again. They snatched Rs 15,000 from his wallet and also forced to sign two blank cheques. Following all these incidents, Rao was mentally disturbed and was finding it difficult to run the clinic.

Rao’s wife Vani who noticed that, enquired the former who narrated the ordeal he has been enduring since long. Vani who consoled her husband, offered her valuables and the pledged them at a loan lending firm and gave Rs 15 lakh to the accused. In addition to this, Rao also sold a property at his native and gave Rs 27 lakh again to the accused.

But there was no end to the demand and also no sign of returning the chip. Eventually, Rao lodged a complaint at Kuvempunagar police station on November 11.

The police who have registered a FIR are on the search of the accused.

– Team Mysoorunews

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