Man's naivety drives wife to suicide

Finding it hard to digest her husband Venkatesh’s naivety, which saw him lose all his hard-earned savings, a distraught Kantha, 22, allegedly committed suicide by jumping into Sankey Tank.

Her floating body left the Friday morning walkers at Sankey Tank in shock and summoning the police who shifted the body to MS Ramaiah Hospital.

The couple, residents of Coconut Avenue Road in Malleswaram, were married for five years and had a two-and-half-year-old son Thanush. Kantha was a native of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and Venkatesh, a flower seller, is from Bangalore. Kantha worked as a housemaid at Sadhashivanagar.

The couple had toiled hard to save Rs eight lakh. However, unknown to his wife, Venkatesh parted with the entire savings to his relative Prakash, a realtor, to buy a property at Malleswaram without obtaining any land records. Venkatesh learnt he had been duped when he received a notice from the Muzrai Department saying the property belonged to them.

When Prakash refused to give back the money and allegedly assaulted him, Venkatesh had no option but to confess to his wife of the folly.

According to the police, after a bitter fight, Kantha left home on the pretext of going to work and never returned.

The next day, Venkatesh approached the Sadhashivanagar police station to lodge a missing complaint.

However, the police whisked him away to M S Ramaiah Hospital to identify the body, which Venkatesh confirmed was that of his wife Kantha, on the basis of clothes she had worn.

Body found

An unidentified body was found on Kalinga Rao Road in the early hours of Friday.

According to Halasur  Gate police, a few local people summoned the beat constables informing them about the body lying at the bus stop. The police suspect the man may have died due to excessive consumption of alcohol.

The body has been shifted to Victoria Hospital and the public have been asked to come forward and identify the individual.

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