BANGALORE, November 11: A 28-year-old employee of a private factory was found murdered in Nelagedaranahalli in Peenya on Sunday morning and the culprit was arrested within hours.
Residents of the area saw the body of a man with stab injuries, lying near a bush alongside a road on Sunday morning, and alerted the police.
The police noticed the tailor’s tag on the victim’s shirt and tracked down the tailor’s shop to Nelagedaranahalli and asked the tailor if he could identify the victim. Though the tailor could not identify the victim, he told the police that the shop recently received an order for 15 such shirts from a private company located in the same area.
After inquiries with the factory authorities, the victim was identified as Nagaraj, an employee of the factory and a resident of Siddhartha Layout in Nelagedaranahalli. Further enquiries with his wife revealed that Nagaraj had not returned home since Saturday night.
Nagaraj’s wife reportedly told the police that her husband and his friend, Shekarappa, had gone out together on Saturday night.
The police then went to Shekharappa’s house. On interrogation, Shekarappa reportedly admitted to having killed Nagaraj, following which the police arrested him.
The duo was allegedly in an inebriated state at the time of the fight, the police said.
The police found an injury on the arms of the accused and bloodstains on his clothes, indicating a struggle with the victim.
Police said that Nagaraj and Shekharappa, hailing from Gulbarga district, had settled down in the city after securing jobs.
Both of them got married recently.
However, police said that Shekarappa had been involved in a relationship with a girl from his village.
Police claimed that Nagaraj too allegedly started having a relationship with the same girl which reportedly upset Shekharappa.
On Saturday night, Shekarappa and Nagaraj were intoxicated when they started arguing about the issue. During the quarrel, Shekarappa allegedly stabbed Nagaraj on the neck with a knife, leaving him on the road.
The police have booked a case of murder against Shekharappa.