Elderly couple found murdered

Elderly couple found murdered

Police suspect sons involvement in the case

Murdered couple Venkatswamy and Laxmamma.

The police gave the names of the deceased as Venkatswamy (76), an ex-serviceman and his first wife Laxmamma (65). The police rule out murder for gain. Both the bodies were wrapped in cloth. Venkatswamy’s body showed severe head injuries while his wife’s throat was slit.

The cops are of the opinion that the culprit might have injected sedatives before killing the old couple.

Incidentally, Venkatswamy's second wife's name is also Laxmamma and he had 11 children- five from the first wife and six from the second. Venkatswamy was living in the 6th Cross with his first wife, and second wife’s sons- Jyothi Kumar and Raj Kumar.

However, the sons were living in separate houses in the same compound. His second wife’s house is in the 7th Cross in the same area. The body of the couple were found in Jyothi Kumar’s house, which is separated from Venkatswamy’s house by a wall.

After retiring from the Indian Army, Venkatswamy had joined KSRTC as driver and served the organisation for 32 years. He even bagged a gold medal for safe driving. For more than two decades he was on Tirupathi-Bangalore sector. He met his second wife Laxmamma, who was also working in KSRTC and married her.

Though Venkatswamy made properties he never shared them with any of the children. He earned good rental from commercial properties in Hebbogodi and other places. Recently, he had sold a BDA site at Kalyan Nagar in Banaswadi. Due to some legal complications, the deal did not get through. The police are of the opinion that the couple might have been eliminated in connection with this deal.

On several occasions, Venkatswamy had complained against his children to the police. Jyothi Kumar, who is also working for KSRTC, had fallen apart with his father and a few suits are pending in court. Earlier, Jyothi Kumar was also involved in petty criminal cases.
On Saturday morning, Jyothi Kumar had gone to his in-laws’ house in HAL with his wife Lakshmi. The murder came to light when Lakshmi returned home around 8 pm on Sunday.

Jyothi Kumar remained absent for duties for the last three months. Rajkumar claimed that he spotted his brother near his father’s house around 6.15 pm on Sunday. Police believe that the murders have taken place in the last 24 hours. They suspect Jyothi Kumar’s involvement in the murders as he is absconding.

The Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) M R Pujar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar and the DCP (Central) G Ramesh visited the spot.

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