Karkala : A make-up artist has been arrested on the charges of killing his lover and then dumping the body in a trench.
The arrested artist is Prabhakar Shetty (28) of Mittardottu in Hosabettu village. His ran a firm named “New Amma Arts” which offered make-up service for stage artistes. It is learnt, Prabhaker had an affair with one Poornima Shetty (22) of Renjala since a year. However, he used to turn down the demand of Poornima to marry her, when Poornima began to insist that he should marry her, he summoned her to his workplace, where he stabbed her. Poornima had in fact left home on June 3 saying she had to go to a bank, from when she had been reported missing.
Meanwhile, Prabhakar keept the body for a day in his office, later with the help of his friends he took the body in an auto and dumped it in a trench at Hosabettu and covered it with mud and stones.
Meanwhile, he had even joined the family of Poornima in searching for her. Though police had initially inquired him they were unsuccessful in eliciting truth for him. He was grilled for the second time when he revealed the truth.
The body was later exhumed for an autopsy. Police have also arrested two others namely Guru and Ambarish of Hosabettu in connection with the murder. Yet another accused is said to be absconding. Search for him is on.