Deepak and Naresh, two friends of accused Karthik in the murder of a married youth Nagaraj, said that they did not know much about the plan. They only went because Karthik called them and asked for their help. Naresh said that Karthik called him twice earlier that night. He came to his house at 10 p.m. and took him to Nagaraj's house. He was asked to beat up the victim, who had been administered sleeping tablets by his wife. But he noticed that Nagaraj was dead long before that, as he was smothered to death with a pillow, he said.