Bangalore, July 29, 2013, DHNS:A home-alone woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her house in Chinnappanahalli, Mahadevapura, on Monday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as Gayathridevi, 32. Police said that the body was found in an advanced state of decomposition.
Police added that the house had a single exit/entrance which was locked from the inside, forcing police to break open the door to retrieve the body. Although the body was found on a cot without any sign of external injuries, the hands were tied together with a saree. Except these, the police said circumstances normally point to a natural death or suicide.
Gayathri was living alone in a single room at the terrace of a three-storey building owned by Krishnan for the last two years. Sources say that she was originally from Madanapalli, Andhra Pradesh and had married Bhaskar who was employed at HAL canteen — until he was electrocuted while on the job six years ago. Since then Gayathri was living alone.
Also employed at the HAL canteen for several years, she had left her 12-year-old son with her parents in the village. Police said she had quit her job a year-and-a-half ago.
Family was concerned
Police became aware of Gayathri’s death after her father Narayana, an agriculturist from Madanapalli, came to the City on Monday morning to find her. “Family members had found that Gayathri’s mobile phone was switched off for three days,” police explained.
When Narayana found the house locked from the inside and a foul smell emanating from within, he immediately alerted Krishnan and the police.
A senior official said the death may have gone unnoticed for as many as four to five days. Sources added that an almirah in the house had been broken into and that police suspect that some valuables may have been stolen from the house. “If it was a murder, then it was committed by someone known to the victim,” police said.
Mahadevpura police have shifted the body to Bowring Hospital where an autopsy would be conducted on Tuesday morning. Mahadevapura police have registered a case of murder.