Mystery shrouds death of woman in Bommanahalli

Mystery shrouds the death of a 23-year-old woman who was found in her locked house in Bommanahalli with ligature marks around her neck on May 11.

The deceased, Bharathi V, was a resident of NGR Layout in Roopena Agrahara, Southeast Bengaluru, and worked as a domestic help, the police said.

The Bommanahalli police had initially taken up a case of unnatural death under suspicious circumstances and were awaiting the post-mortem report.

According to the post-mortem reports released on May 16 by Dr Varghese P S, Head of Department at the St John’s Hospital, the victim’s death was due to asphyxiation as a result of ligature strangulation. The viscera is being preserved for chemical analysis.

The police then converted the case to murder and initiated a probe.

According to the police, Bharathi’s mother Chinnamma approached the Bommanahalli police and said that her daughter had been living at the house for four years and was recently engaged to one Kumar.

On May 5, she had even come for a housewarming ceremony at her native place and returned to the city on May 9. Around 5 pm on May 10, Bharathi spoke to her mother over phone.

On May 11, morning around 7 am, her fiance Kumar called up Chinnamma on her phone and said he had come to the house at 6 am, but the house was locked. He called Bharathi’s phone, and as there was no response, he peeped through the window and saw her legs. Kumar then informed the building owner Ramesh Reddy who informed the police.

No suicidal tendencies

After the police arrived, they broke into the house to find Bharathi lying motionless facing the roof. Chinnamma told the police that her daughter had no suicidal tendencies. She suspected the role of a person named Selva P who was in touch with her daughter over phone.

The police have picked up Selva for interrogation.

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