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Bengaluru student found dead in lake after WhatsApp videos to family

Five people have been arrested on Friday after the body of the 19-year-old son of an Income Tax officer who was allegedly kidnapped on September 12 was found murdered on the outskirts of Bengaluru. The victim, Sharath, who was studying automobile engineering at Acharya Institute of Engineering, had gone missing on September 12 after he was gifted a new motorcycle by his parents. He had set out to show the bike to his friends but never returned.

After the parents approached the police to find their son, their investigations revealed that Sharath was allegedly kidnapped by his sister's boyfriend Vishal and four of his associates who were known to Sharath.
A video message where he said he had been kidnapped and that the kidnappers were demanding a Rs 50 lakh ransom was received by his parents over 24 hours after Sharath went missing.
Police sources said the alleged kidnapper Vishal, 22, had run up debts and conceived a plan with his associates to kidnap the IT officer's son to collect a ransom to pay off his debts. Sharath is believed to have been killed a couple of days ago and abandoned near Ramohalli on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

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