Policewoman got lover's hand chopped to rein him in

(From left) Woman constable Jayalakshmi with the other suspects Viji alias Mental, Anandha and his father Kumar.

A woman traffic constable was implicated in the sensational hand-chopping of a man in Bannerghatta on September 11.

The police team probing the case found, while interrogating the two men they arrested on September 14, that Jayalakshmi, a 27-year-old traffic police officer attached to the VV Puram traffic police station, had actually set up the crime to ensure that her lover would not marry other women.

The two arrested — Viji alias Mental (22) and his associate Anandha (19) — also confessed to the police that Jayalakshmi promised Rs 1.5 lakh for her lover Veeresh’s maiming and paid Rs 15,000 advance to Ananda’s father Kumar, a well-known rowdy in Shambupalaya in the VV Puram area.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Umesh S K told DH that Jayalakshmi even organised a rehearsal of the crime a week before it happened when she took Veeresh (23) to Suvarnamukhi Temple and allowed time for Kumar, Viji and Ananda to fine-tune their attack of Veeresh.

On the day of the incident, Jayalakshmi was sitting with Veeresh on a rock when the trio sliced off his right hand and ran away with it.

The sliced hand was recovered the following day in a pit at an isolated forest area, 300 metres from the place where they hacked Veeresh. The attackers also threw Veeresh’s mobile phone along with the machete they used in the attack into the pit.

Complicated affair

From the accused’s statement to the police, it emerged that Jayalakshmi had a complicated love affair with Veeresh. When her parents objected to her relationship, she was forced to marry Raghavendra, whom her parents had arranged, having rejected Veeresh. But the officer continued her love affair with Veeresh post-marriage, learning of which Raghavendra divorced her.

Jayalakshmi asked Veeresh to marry her, but he kept offering excuses. Her attention then fell on another man, Raghu. But she broke off with Raghu having learnt that he was a divorcee and again veered towards Veeresh. She wanted Veeresh to be maimed to ensure he married no one else.

Police shot Viji

On Saturday, the Bengaluru district police opened fire at Viji as he tried to escape from while being taken to the temple to locate the machete used in Veeresh’s hacking. DSP Umesh fired in the air when Viji, taken on chains, pried loose and attacked the officers. Umesh fired on his leg and immobilised him. The accused was taken to a hospital.

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