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K'taka MLA's wife Padmapriya consigned to flames

The body of Padmapriya, wife of BJP MLA B Raghupathy Bhat, was cremated on Tuesday.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 17, 2008 08:51 PM IST

The body of Padmapriya, wife of BJP MLA B Raghupathy Bhat, was cremated on Tuesday.

Bhat and his two minor sons - Rohan and Rahul - lit the pyre in the presence of hundreds of mourners. The body of Padmapriya, who was found dead in an apartment in Delhi on June 15, was flown into Udupi from Delhi on Tuesday.

Poignant scenes were witnessed at the funeral site, as a grief-stricken Bhat fainted and had to be supported by his brothers.

Prema Rao, mother of Padmapriya, who has been ill ever since her daughter went missing under mysterious circumstances since June 10 was brought by an ambulance. Doctors administered sedatives to Prema.

The mystery over Padmapriya's death deepened on Monday with the husband and relatives pointing their finger at Atul Rao, a close family friend and contractor, who reportedly took her to Delhi.

Her body was found hanging in an apartment in south-west Delhi's Dwarka area on Monday after personnel of Delhi Police and their Karnataka counterparts broke open the flat's door.

"It is a suicide. I had gone to the flat after getting information that she was there. I went to persuade her. Policemen broke open the door in my presence. I trust her, I love her (even now). My friend Atul has somehow coerced her. She is not a woman of that type. I repeat that she is not like that. Our lives were good," Bhat told reporters at Delhi on Monday. Atul is currently under police custody.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government rejected the opposition parties demand for a CBI probe.The state police was investigating the matter, State Home Minister Dr VS Acharya told reporters.

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