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Sharmili Mallick

Unravelling the mystery behind the murder of a photographer in Rayagada last month, police said that the crime was the fallout of an extra-marital affair between the deceased and the wife of the accused.

The body of the deceased B.Rajkumar, who worked at a photo studio in the town, was found hanging in a mysterious condition in his room at Kapilash Road area in Rayagada Town on August 31, 2021.

After Rajkumar’s parents found his body, the next day, they lodged an FIR at the police station suspecting foul play. Based on the complaint, police arrested Lingalu Simachalam alias Simba, an auto-driver by profession and two of his friends- Balaram Padhi alias Babu and Sabresh Kumar alias Gugula of Brahmin Sahi of Rayagada Town in connection with the case.

The trio confessed to have committed the crime during the interrogation, informed Additional SP of Rayagada Shankar Prasad Dwivedi.

Divulging the details of the case, the Additional SP said, “Simba and Rajkumar became friends some six months ago and the latter used to visit Simba’s house often. During his visit, Rajkumar and Simba’s wife developed relationship. When Simba realised that the two were cheating on him, he hatched a conspiracy to take revenge,” said Dwivedi.

On August 31, 2021, Simba told his wife that he had to go to Andhra Pradesh for some work, and left. However, he did not go anywhere and kept an eye on the visitors to his house. In the meantime, knowing about Simba’s absence, Rajkumar reached his (Simba) house to meet Simbha's wife between 9.30 pm and 10 pm, said Dwivedi.

Simba and his two friends then barged into the house and assaulted Rajkumar brutally. Simba’s wife and mother-in-law were also present at the house.

Simba also called Rajkumar’s brother who stays at Parvathipuram and told him about the former’s ill deeds. Rajkumar’s brother requested him to not hand him over to police and discuss the matter when he reaches Rayagada the next day, said Dwivedi.

However, the trio decided to handover Rajkumar to the local police and took him away in a vehicle. When Rajkumar’s health condition deteriorated 
midway, Simba and his friends took him to the former’s house where he was living alone and tried to gave him water, said the cop.

But, Rajkumar went into an unconscious state, he said.

Presuming the photographer dead due to the assault, the three strangulated him with a ‘gamucha’ and hanged him from the ceiling fan in a room of the house to mislead investigation.

The next day when Rajkumar’s brother reached the house, he found him hanging. Later, an FIR was lodged and the three, who were absconding since then, were caught by police yesterday, Dwivedi added.

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