Bangalore businessman murdered in own office

A real-estate businessman was brutally attacked and stabbed to death in his office near Vidyapeetha Circle on Saturday afternoon.

The dead has been identified as Shankar, 46, a resident of Hosakere Halli. The incident happened at about 12:30 pm when Shankar was in his office as usual. Three men, wearing helmets, barged into the office and assaulted Shankar.

“One of them pulled out a knife and stabbed Shankar twice — once in the neck and stomach,” said Shankar's office assistant who does not wish to be named.
“The gang fled after Shankar collapsed in a pool of blood.” The assistant is the prime eyewitness in the case, police said.

Immediately rushed to a nearby private hospital, Shankar was declared brought dead.

Narasimhamurthy, a relative of the victim, expressed disbelief at the crime. “Shankar was a very soft person. He never had rivalry with anyone that I know of,” he told Deccan Herald.

However, the office assistant told police that the three men had argued with Shankar, claiming that he had crossed certain limits, before they stabbed him.
The assistant has been employed at the office for only two weeks, the police said, adding that he does not know anything of Shankar's dealings.

“This looks like a cold-blooded murder done because of an old issue or a business rivalry,” Narasimhamurthy said.

A native of Dandinahalli village of Nagamangala, Shankar was married to Bhagyamma. The couple have a five-year-old daughter Sinchana.

A qualified diploma holder in civil engineering, Shankar’s occupation involved drawing-up plans for new houses. He had recently opened his office, Sinchana Enterprises, on Kathriguppe Main Road.

Hanumanthanagar police have registered a case and are investigating. H S Revanna, DCP (South) said that both the scene of the crime and the eyewitness account suggests that the murder was an act of revenge.

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