Home-alone woman murdered

Komala was found in a pool of blood with her throat slit

Home-alone woman murdered


The deceased, Komala (52) was found lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit. Her husband, Venkatesh had lunch and left home in the evening and the incident came to light when he returned around 8.50 pm. The police said, though it looks like a murder-for-gain, the hand of insiders could not be ruled out. A gold mangalsutra and four bangles were missing from the victim’s body while the nose ring, ear studs and other valuables are intact. The assailant had not searched for anything else in the house and there were no definite signs of a struggle. Interestingly, the rear door was locked indicating that the culprit managed to escape from the main door.

Komala’s husband Venkatesh informed the police that his wife was tying flowers when he left home. There was a pooja scheduled on Thursday in his daughter’s house.  Before moving into the current two-storeyed house, the couple were staying on Susheela Road. They were living on the ground floor while the first floor was rented out. Earlier, Venkatesh was into weaving business and for quite some time was involved in liquor business. Since he was a diabetic he used to have lunch before leaving home.
The couple had two daughters and both were married and living separately. Sources said, their son died a few years back due to kidney problems.

Girish, a neighbour told Deccan Herald that Komala was cautious and never opened the door without peeping through the window. “From 3.45 pm onwards I was at home and never heard any noise. There is a police point 50-meters away from our house and it is shocking that crime has taken place in a residential area,” he said.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that Venkatesh was into sale of ‘seconds’ liquor and many a time, people used to collect the items from their house. Some known person might have gained entry and committed the crime.

The police are also looking into the property angle. Preliminary investigation revealed that the couple had gifted one of their houses in Mavalli to their second daughter Shobha.

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