Hubballi: A promising Kannada actress and her live-in partner allegedly killed her brother and disposed of the body in a jungle here, for objecting to their relationship, police said.

The young actress was allegedly in a relationship with a small-time realtor, which her brother opposed, the Dharwad Superintendent of Police P Krishnakant said on Tuesday.

“Rakesh was a major hurdle to her love affair. Hence he was murdered and the body burnt,” Krishnakant told reporters.

According to police, a charred and badly mutilated torso packed in a plastic bag was found dumped in the Devaragudihal forest area on April 12.

Subsequently, a case was registered and special teams were formed to nab the culprit.

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The teams gathered lots of inputs and finally learnt that Rakesh Katwe, a housekeeper in a bar, was missing.

The probe revealed that the victim’s sister, Shanaya Katwe, was in a relationship with Niyaz and has been living with him as a paying guest.

Further inquiry in the case led to the arrest of Shanaya Katwe, Niyaz, his three friends who have been remanded in police custody.

During interrogation it was found that Niyaz’s family members were also involved in the crime.

“Prima facie, it looks like a case of love affair. We have not come across their affiliation to any organisation but our investigations are on,” Krishnakant said.

Shanaya has worked in a yet-to-be released film ‘Chhota Bombay’.

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