Seven held for murder of a woman

Fifth wife killed over a property dispute, body disposed in Cauvery waters

Seven held for murder of a woman


 The seven accused for murder DH PhotoThe accused are Shabari (32), Santhosh (31) Manja (42), Gopi (40), Suneel (24), all residents of Tigalarapet, Nagendra (33) of Nayandahalli and Somashekar (24) of Neelasandra. One more accused, Ramesh, is still at large.

The police said the victim, Padma Krishna was the fifth wife of Krishnan Kutty, a resident of Siddapura. Kutty, a money lender died on August on 15, 2009. While his first wife and the second wife are alive, the third and fourth wives died long ago.

Padma Krishna was living with Kutty, who had equally shared his property with his sons and daughters and had kept a house at Siddapura in the name of Padma Krishna. She had a daughter and a son. Daughter Shilpa Krishna is married and living in Hyderabad, said the police.

Three cases

There was a long-time dispute between Padma Krishna and the first and second wives and their children regarding the house at Siddapura. Three cases were registered in Siddapura Police Station against the children of first and second wives.
On October 8, Shilpa Krishna, the daughter of Padma Krishna lodged a complaint at Siddapura Police Station stating that her mother who went to Corporation office in LIC colony did not return home. A missing case was registered.

During the course of investigation, Shilpa Krishna lodged another complaint alleging that one Manju, son of the first wife and Gopi, Shabari, sons of second wife and grandson Suneel may have abducted her mother over property dispute. A case of abduction was also registered.

During the investigation, the police arrested the seven accused who spilled the beans during interrogation. They revealed that on October 8 Shabari, Gopi, Manja and Suneel attacked Padma Krishna near Corporation Office, LIC Colony.

She was taken to a farmhouse belonging to the accused in Huskur on Hosur road in a car. She was strangled to death with a rope, with the assistance of one Ramesh, the watchman.

The accused later concealed the body in two gunny bags and threw it into Cauvery river near Srirangapatna.

The investigating officers retrieved the body which had stuck to rocks, at a distance of about 10 kilometres from Nimishamba temple. A car, two-wheeler and 180 grams of gold ornaments, all valued Rs 12 lakh have been recovered from the arrested.

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