Sowjanya Rape and Murder Case: CID submits the report to Government, Santhosh is Accused

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Mangalore, Nov.1: The CID has submitted its 12-page preliminary report to the home ministry regarding to the rape and murder of 17-year-old college student Saujanya in Ujire.

In the report submitted on Thursday October 31, the CID named Santosh Rao, who is said to be mentally ill and who was arrested soon after the incident, as the accused. The report states that Santosh admitted that he murdered Sowjanya after she resisted his attempt to rape her, sources said.

It is said that there is enough evidence to nail Santosh Rao. But no evidence could be found against Nischal Jain, Mallik Jain, Dheeraj Kella, and Uday Jain, who were named by the victim’s family.

The report also states that Nischal Jain, nephew of Dr D Veerendra Heggade,was not at place when the incident took place, he left for USA on August 21, 2012, and returned on December 28. It is proved by his documents and records, and CCTV images from the airport.

Mallik Jain, an accountant was in Dharmasthala on the day of the crime, but he was constantly making calls to a friend. The call records also showed that he was in Dharmasthala.

Dheeraj Kella was in his photography studio at the time of the incident. A relative of Sowjanya who works in the same studio is said to have given statement proving his presence in the studio. Uday Jain had been to Ujire to watch a Yakshagana show and his mobile phone records prove the fact, the report says.

“A thorough investigation has been done in the case. We have received and probed all the information with regard to the case. Still, a CBI probe may be ordered if the government feels the need for it,” the CID officials are said to have stated.

Related to the case we have submitted nearly 15-page preliminary report to the government, we can’t give more information about the report – Bipin Gopalakrishna, DGP, CID.

We are not satisfied with the report of CID. The CBI should investigate his case. We will approach the Supreme Court if the case was not handed over to the CBI. : Kusumavathi, Sowjanya’s Mother

I am unhappy with the CID report. The report should handover to the CBI. : MLA Vasanth Bangera

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