Legal advisor found murdered in his flat

Kainth from Himachal Pradesh was handling sensitive legal matters

A legal advisor to a few multinational and foreign companies was found murdered with gaping wounds on his head, at his flat in Mahadevapura police limits Friday

The victim, Amardeep Kainth, 53, was staying alone in the second floor flat of an apartment in Whitefield, near the Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation, for the last two years, said the police.

Kainth from Himachal Pradesh was married to a German national and had two children, who are now in Hamburg, Germany, to attend to their ailing mother. It is not known if Kainth had dual citizenship of India and Germany. Kainth used to visit his wife and children regularly, and the last visit was some four months ago, said the police.

Kainth had employed a boy who would bring him dinner every evening. The boy came, handed over the box and went back around 7 pm. “We saw him speaking to his neighbours till 8 pm and did not see him later. Lights had gone off by 10 pm and we were shocked to see him lying in a pool of blood on Friday morning,” a few residents of the apartment said.

The police have several leads to the crime. They suspect that an attempt to commit a theft had ended in the brutal murder. “The house was ransacked and the intruder/s had searched for valuables. They have been alert after he woke up and attacked him with a blunt weapon,” said a senior officer probing the matter.

Kainth’s head was split apart, apparently, due to the use of a heavy weapon by the assailants. A dagger was found near the body, but there were no injury marks, said the police.

Kainth regularly went out around 6.30 am in his car. The car driver grew suspicious as he did not come out even after 7.30 am. He went upstairs and knocked on the door several times, but there was no response. 

He called up the landline and the cellphone, but they kept ringing. He came down and contacted his juniors who called him from the office, but he did not respond. One of his juniors had a spare key of Kainth’s flat and rushed to his flat. He opened the door and saw Kainth lying in a pool of blood and alerted the police.

“It is not known whether any valuables have been lost. He never kept money, jewellery and valuables in the house. Things will become clear after his wife and children come to India,” he added. However, an officer said, involvement of two security guards from Assam was suspected. The two guards are absconding and there are reports that they went to Andhra Pradesh, from where they left for Assam, the officer said.

Kainth came from Himachal Pradesh to the City 25 years ago and opened an office in Ulsoor. He had a few junior lawyers practising under him. He stayed at the RMV Extension which he later sold, and purchased a flat in the apartment and moved there.

He was dealing with a few major and sensitive legal cases and some top officers in the Central government had some issues with him, said sources in the police department. The body was moved to Bowring Hospital for post mortem which would be conducted after the family members come to Bangalore.

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