Woman found dead

  A newly married woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in her house in Pramod Layout on Monday.

According to police, Mangalagowri, 26, hailed from Tiptur in Tumkur district and was married to Manjegowda, a cab driver, six months ago. The couple were living in a rented house. On Monday evening, some residents of the area saw smoke emanating from the house and alerted the police.

Byatarayanapura police rushed to the spot. By that time, local people had broken open the door and doused the fire.

The half-burnt body of Mangalagowri was found on a cot. When contacted, Manjegowda said he was in Male Mahadeshwara Hills and returned to the City Tuesday morning.

In his statement to the police, Gowda said that his wife might have committed suicide. However, the parents of the woman have alleged that Gowda was demanding more dowry from them.

They have claimed that a new car and some jewellery were given as dowry at the time of marriage and accused Gowda of murdering their daughter for dowry. Police told Deccan Herald it was obvious from the crime scene that the death was not a suicide.

They said the woman would have come out screaming had she set herself ablaze. It was suspected that Mangalagowri may have been murdered and later set afire. Manjegowda has been arrested. According to the police, during interrogation Manjegowda admitted to an affair with a woman before marriage and that this was a bone of contention between him and his wife.
Custody extension sought

The City police have filed an application in the High Court seeking extension of the custody of 12 people arrested for being in possession of fake currency notes valued at Rs 30 lakh. As many as 12 people were arrested in September 2012 with fake currency of Rs 500 denomination. Machine guns, pistols, bullets and magazines were seized from the arrested.

Questioning by the police established the underworld link of the arrested - Mohammad Rustam Sheikh and eleven others. While the Reserve Bank of India certified all the currency was fake, the accused admitted that the currency notes were printed in Pakistan. Assistant Commissioner of Police Nyamegowda in his affidavit to the HC stated that more time was required for interrogation of the arrested.

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