Police suspect they were sexually assaulted too
Bangalore: Two women were found murdered in different parts of the city on Wednesday. The police suspect that the assailants had sexually assaulted both the victims before killing them in a brutal way.
An unidentified woman aged around 38 was found murdered in a vacant site near BDA complex in Koramangala. The incident came to light when passersby noticed the body and informed the police.
The Koramangala police found that the assailants had filled her mouth with mud before gagging her and strangling her to death.
“The post-mortem examination will reveal whether she was sexually assaulted or not,” the Koramangala police said, adding that they have registered a case of murder and are investigating.
The police have found a tattoo on her hand based on which they are trying to ascertain her identity. “We are checking the missing complaints to match the profile of the woman and are enquiring with the people in and around the area to ascertain her identity,” a police official said.
In another incident, a 45-year-old woman, working as dish washer in a bakery, was found murdered near her house in Taverekere near Madiwala on Tuesday.
The victim’s disrobed body was found near her house with her head crushed under a stone.
According to the police, the victim was returning home after getting her salary.
The assailants are suspected to have sexually assaulted her before bludgeoning her to death, the police said.
Senior police officers who rushed to the spot and conducted investigations found that the body had multiple injuries. The body has been sent to Victoria hospital for post-mortem while the police are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the motive.
Two women were reportedly murdered under mysterious circumstances in separate incidents in Koramangala and Madiwala here on Wednesday morning. They are also suspected to have been sexually assaulted.
In Koramangala, an unidentified woman, aged around 40 years, was found strangulated with a cable wire on a plot behind the BDA Complex.
Her killers reportedly had stuffed her mouth with mud before gagging her with a piece of dirty cloth.
Local residents alerted the police about the body.
A senior police officer who visited the spot told Deccan Herald the woman’s appearance suggested she came from a poor background.
There was a tattoo ‘Shanthamma’ on her left arm. Police, however, are not sure if it was the victim’s name or that of someone dear to her.
The officer said the woman appeared to have been murdered rather brutally.
The cable wire allegedly used to her was from the sceme of crime.
Police said it was not clear whether the woman had died of suffocation after mud was stuffed into her mouth or after being strangulated.
Investigators are also probing whether there was any sexual assault on the victim. There were, however, no external injuries on the body and her saree was intact.
T D Pawar, DCP (South-East), said rape could not be ruled out and the medical report would throw light on the matter.
Besides, the samples of mud found in her mouth and in the vacant plot from where the body was recovered would be sent for forensic examination to determine the place of murder. It was to be ascertained whether she was murdered on the said plot of land or elsewhere and her body dumped there, the officer said.
A special team has been formed to investigate the case. An officer who is part of the team said efforts were on to establish the victim’s identity. Her photographs had been circulated to police stations and among the media.
In Madiwala, a middle-aged woman from Kerala was found mysteriously dead in front of her house in Brindavana Nagar, Chikkadugodi.
Maniyamma, 47, had sustained a minor head injury and there were some bruises on her body. There was, however, nothing on the spot to suggest someone had barged into her house and murdered her, police said, adding that she died of injuries after falling on the road.
The victim’s daughter, Priya, however, claimed in her statement to the media that her mother might have been raped before being murdered for gain.
Maniyamma had received the salary on Tuesday and a known person might have murdered her and even raped her, Priya alleged.
The victim had settled in the City several years ago. A widow, she worked at a sweetmeat shop in Koramangala and lived with her son and daughter-in-law at her house.
Her son and his wife left for Kerala on Tuesday and Maniyamma was alone at home. A neighbour who found her body alerted Priya who lives a stone’s throw away.
Madiwala police have not registered a murder case. Only a case of unnatural death under Section 174 of the Indian Penal Code has been booked.