Mechanic arrested for woman's murder

The West Division police on Thursday said they had solved the murder of Sujatha, 37, the home-alone woman in Kamakshipalya, by arresting a mechanic. 

The suspect is Krishnamurthy, 33, a resident of Basaveshwaranagar. Krishnamurthy allegedly murdered Sujatha, so that he can overcome his financial problems.

The police recovered 600 gram of gold ornaments, 2 kg of silver articles and Rs 35,000 from him, said Bangalore City Police Commissioner B G Jyothiprakash Mirji.

Sujatha, the wife of printing press owner Murugananda, was found murdered in her house Tuesday afternoon. Valuables and cash kept in the cupboard were found missing.
The police constituted three special teams to nab the suspect, the commissioner said.
“The evidence indicated involvement of known persons. We gathered information about those visiting Sujatha’s house frequently,” DCP (West) S N Siddaramappa said.

Suspect’s background

Krishnamurthy owns Balaji Motors, a two-wheeler garage on Siddaiah Puranik Road in Basaveshwaranagar. Earlier, he ventured into the fish business and incurred huge losses. 

He had pledged ornaments worth Rs 4 lakh with a bank for money to repay the debts. Krishnamurthy’s wife Deepa asked him to get back the jewellery from the bank by repaying the money, so that she could wear them for her brother’s marriage.

He found it difficult to arrange for the money, police said. This prompted him to commit the crime.

He had come in contact with Sujatha’s family five months ago and regularly serviced their two-wheelers. He realised that the family kept its valuables in the house.

The police collected information about Krishnamurthy from a few residents of KHB Colony, kept a watch on his movements and took him into custody.  He admitted murdering Sujatha during interrogation, police said.

‘Avoid strangers’

Mirji has requested those staying alone in their houses not to entertain unknown persons.  Citizens should not keep valuables and huge cash in their houses. They can be kept in bank lockers, he said.
 

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