Home-alone woman strangled to death

Home-alone woman strangled to death

A home-alone elderly woman was strangled to death by two men who made away with her gold chain on Saturday morning.

The victim has been identified as B Revathi, 57, a resident of 1st Cross, Telecom Layout, Kottigepalya in Kamakshipalya police station limits.

Revathi’s husband S Balasubramanyam, manager, (finance and accounts), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, told the police that two men aged around 25 years had met him on Saturday morning asking him to buy flowerpots. 

“I told them to meet my wife later. I received a call from my wife and she wanted to know if I had spoken to the boys about flowerpots and I said I had. Twenty minutes later, I received a call from a neighbour that my wife had been murdered. The boys who wanted to sell us flowerpots have murdered my wife for gain,” he said.

Balasubramanyam and his family moved into their newly constructed duplex house in July last year. “The two suspects met me and asked me if I was interested in buying flowerpots. I was in a hurry to go to office and told them to come tomorrow. They asked me if they could keep some 50 flowerpots in the parking lot of my house and I agreed. I told them to meet my wife later when they pressed me to buy a few,” said Balasubramanyam, who hails from Chennai and joined BMRCL in February 2012.

He said Revathi had called him at 10.53 am and wanted to know if he had ordered for flowerpots. After confirming, she took the suspects upstairs. While climbing down the stairs, the assailants tied her hands and legs with a plastic wire and used her husband’s ‘lungi’ to strangle her. They took away a gold chain worth around Rs 65,000, said the police.

Lakshmamma, a domestic help at the house, told Deccan Herald that she came to work as usual at 11.15 am and found the door open. “I grew suspicious and went in. I climbed the stairs and was shocked to see Revathi lying there gagged and bound. I rushed out crying for help,” she said.

Balasubramanyam said all other expensive items in the house were intact. “In fact, I have deposited gold ornaments and cash in a bank locker in Chennai,” he told the police.

The couple’s son B Ganesh, a techie, and his wife, also a software professional, work in Australia. They are expected to reach the City on Sunday night and the post mortem would be conducted after their arrival. The body has been shifted to Victoria Hospital.

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