: A man, raged by the illicit affair between his wife and another man, decided to take revenge by drowning the paramour's 2.5-year-old nephew in a drum filled with water. The incident occurred in Bheemanna Garden near Ashok Nagar.
The deceased has been identified as Shyamavelu, son of Abhirami and Kumarasan from Bheemanna Garden. Armugam, the accused, has been arrested by Ashok Nagar police.
Shyamavelu had gone missing a few days ago. He was last seen playing in front of his house. As part of their investigation, police brought Armugam, a car driver, in for questioning as they had suspected his involvement. Armugam confessed to the crime during the course of the interrogation, said D Devaraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police. The police have also gathered sufficient evidence, including CCTV footage, to prove Armugam's guilt.
It is learnt that Armugam had a troubled relationship with his wife because of her ongoing affair with his neighbour, Manipal. Despite frequent warnings, Armugam's wife and he continued their affair leading to several fights between Armugam and his wife, who finally left him and went back to her paternal home in Tamil Nadu along with their two children. Armugam was now even more enraged and was waiting for an opportunity to take his revenge on his wife's paramour and his family, who did not attempt to rectify Manipal's behaviour.
While Shyamavelu was playing out on the roadside on September 30, Armugam, picked him up, took him into his house and plunged him into a drum full of water. Armugam then used his employer's motorbike to dispose of the child's body that was wrapped in a gunny bag in the main canal near Bilekahalli.
As their extensive search for the child was unsuccessful, the family filed a missing person complaint with the police. To avoid suspicion, Armugam even joined to help search for the missing child.
It is believed that Armugam, by killing the child, wanted to inflict maximum amount of suffering on the family as they all loved him immensely.