Colleague in love with Rastogi's wife killed him

Ankisha had spurned Chengappa

Colleague in love with Rastogi's wife killed him

It was another man’s love for his wife that led to the grisly murder of Saurabh Rastogi (35), senior manager of Genpact, who was found dead with his throat slit at his eighth-floor flat in Suncity Leisure Corporate Apartment Complex, Iblur, on Sunday.

On the basis of clues that emerged from the mobile phone call details of Rastogi and his wife Ankisha, the police zeroed in on their colleague Reshvin Chengappa, 26, a native of Kodagu. 

During interrogation, Chengappa is said to have confessed to the killing. 

The Rastogi couple and Chengappa were colleagues at Genpact, but Ankisha had recently quit her job to join another firm. Chengappa had developed a liking for Ankisha and had even proposed to her. However, she had reportedly turned down the proposal saying she was already married. 

Yet, Chengappa believed that by eliminating Saurabh, he could marry Ankisha sometime later. 

As the Rastogis were relocating to the US and were to scheduled to leave India on June 27, he feared that he would lose Ankisha forever. Thus, he allegedly started hatching a plan to kill Saurabh. 

On Saturday last, when Ankisha was away in Pune, he allegedly murdered Saurabh by stabbing him six times in the throat and twice in the abdomen, police sources told Deccan Herald. 

The police found that around 8 pm on the fateful night, the suspect had called Saurabh on his mobile phone informing him that he was coming to his flat. Chengappa’s phone network was found in the Iblur tower range at that time. 

When police questioned some employees at Genpact, it came to light that Chengappa had a liking for Ankisha, added sources.
A resident of Jakkasandra in Koramangala, Chengappa was a frequent visitor to Saurabh’s house and the two were said to be good friends. He knew that Ankisha was away and thus decided to kill Saurabh, who was alone in his flat, on Saturday night. “We have almost solved the case, but there are some loose ends and further probe is needed,” Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said. The police said they had not got any evidence so far to indicate whether Ankisha had a role in the murder. She could be involved or she could be innocent, he said.

Misleading the police

Chengappa stole around 100 gms of gold jewels and few valuables, and ransacked the house to create an impression that it was a murder for gain. 

Later, he told the police that he had dumped the valuables into a gutter near Jakkasandra. As many as 17 policemen have been deployed to search the gutter and recover the ornaments, said sources.

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