Bangalore, December 20, 2012, DHNS: The South division police on Friday cracked the recent murder of a homemaker at her house in Byrasandra by arresting a person.
According to police Senthil Kumar, a close relative, had stabbed Pushpa to death on December 14.
Senthil, a dealer in used cars, had suffered losses and ran into heavy debts. He had also borrowed around Rs four lakh from two of his friends, Raghu and Ravi. However, they started harassing him to return their money at the earliest.
He had asked Natarajan, the husband of Pushpa, to lend him some money. Natarajan had promised to give him money but, only after a few days as he didn’t have money. Natarajan and his wife had also fought with Senthil over the issue, City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said on Friday.
On December 14, as soon as Natarajan left the house for his shop in Bommasandra, Senthil went inside the house. Unaware of Senthil’s intention, Pushpa served him tea and sweets.
After a casual talk, Senthil asked her to lend him some money. But Pushpa told him that she did not have any cash. When he asked for gold ornaments which Pushpa was wearing, she outrightly declined. Outraged, Senthil took out a knife which he was carrying and stabbed her repeatedly. He immediately took her gold chain and two bangles worth Rs 3.3 lakh and fled the spot.
Pushpa succumbed to injuries. After leaving the spot, Senthil changed three autorickshaws and reached Silk Board Junction from where he boarded a private bus to Hosur. He pawned the jewellery with his friend for Rs 75,000 and went into hiding in Attibele.
“It was a challenging case. But, our officers cracked it in a short time. Kumar, 41 is a native of Palani in Tamil Nadu. He is a resident of Jayanagar for the past 20 years. Kumar visited Pushpa’s house often and also the tyre shop owned by her husband Natarajan,” Auradkar said.
Revanna, DCP (South), said, “After gathering vital clues it was suspected that the killer must be close to the family. We found Kumar in Attibele and interrogated him during which he confessed to the crime. The police have also recovered the stolen ornaments,” he added.