Bangalore, August 1, 2013: To avenge his imprisonment following a dowry harassment complaint, a truck driver chased and rammed the vehicle into his father-in-law’s motorcycle, killing his mother-in-law who was riding pillion.
The incident occurred on NICE Road in Kengeri police station limits on Wednesday night. However, in a swift action, the police arrested the goods vehicle driver Chandrashekar, 24, from his relative’s house in Thygarajanagar. Chandrashekar’s wife Manjula, 20, too was riding pillion with her father Kantharaj, a security guard with NICE. The father-daughter duo who were injured in the incident have been hospitalised and are out of danger, the police said.
Chandrashekar had married Manjula, the only daughter of Kantharaj and Adilakshmi (48), an employee of a private factory. Chandrashekhar allegedly plotted the murder of his wife and mother-in-law as he was jailed for three days after Manjula lodged a dowry harassment complaint against him, the police said after interrogating the accused.
Around 6 pm on Wednesday, Adilakshmi and Manjula joined Kantharaj at his workplace and all the three left towards their house at Hemmigepura on a motorcycle.
Chandrashekhar, who knew their routine, was waiting in his truck on NICE Road. As Kantharaj’s bike entered the NICE Road junction, Chandrashekhar chased the two-wheeler and tried to ram it. But, Kantharaj slowed and started moving towards the left side of the road. After driving some distance, Chandrashekhar reared-ended the bike when it was moving on the NICE Road bridge, said the police.
Due to the collision, Adilakshmi was tossed up. She fell on the road and died instantaneously due to severe injuries. Passersby shifted her to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead.
As Manjula and Kantharaj fell on the road, Chandrashekhar sped away. When drivers of some passing vehicles started chasing him, Chandrashekar parked the vehicle on the roadside and disappeared within no time, the police explained.
Chandrashekhar is the youngest son of his parents. The family owns two goods vehicles which are operated by Chandrashekhar and his elder brother. Chandrashekar married Manjula on May 29, 2011 and they were staying at Tagachaguppe village. Manjula was employed in a private factory. Soon after their marriage, he started suspecting her fidelity and allegedly tortured her. She returned to her parents’ home a year ago as she was unable to bear her husband’s torture, added the police.
As Chandrashekar often visited Manjula at her father’s house and tortured her, she lodged a dowry harassment complaint against him in the Talaghattapura police station in January. Subsequently, the police arrested him and he was remanded in judicial custody for three days. A furious Chandrashekhar had vowed to take revenge and, also issued a divorce notice to Manjula, said the police.