Case cracked: Murderers entered house posing as flowerpot sellers

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - 1:59pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

Kamakshipalya police on Tuesday arrested three men in connection with the murder of a woman in her Sunkadakatte house on January 4 when she was alone at home.

The three accused -- Mahalingappa, 25, Venkatesh, 30, and Krishna, 45 -- are all natives of Therinadoddi village in Kanakapura of Ramnagar district.

The victim, Revathi, 57, was the wife of a Byappanahalli Namma Metro station employee Balasubramanyam, and a resident of Telecom Layout near Sunkadakatte.

As per the information provided by Balasubramanyam to the police, two men had come to his house offering flower pots for cheap. As Balasubramanyam was getting ready for work, he asked them to come back later. About 10.45 am the same day, Revathi had contacted him over the phone and told him that the two had returned. That was last time Balasubramanyam heard from her.

“During the course of investigating, it came to light that some pot vendors had cheated a policeman’s wife in Banashankari by taking Rs5,000 as advance and not supplying the flower pots that had been promised. Based on this clue, phone number of one of the accused was collected from the policeman’s wife and it led to their arrest,” the police said.

“When interrogated, the three confessed that they returned to Balasubramanyam’s house after he went to office. Revathi took them to the terrace and showed them the place where the pots were to be kept. When she was going down, the trio followed her, tied her hands with a shoe lace, gagged her with a piece of cloth before strangling her with a dhoti. They took away her gold chain worth Rs1.50 lakh. It has been recovered from them,” the police said.

1 arrested for murder
The Kamakshipalya police arrested Ganesh, 38, a native of Maddur , for allegedly stabbing his ex-neighbour on Sunday.

Ganesh, a cab driver, murdered Sarojamma, 45, and stabbed her daughter Shruthi, 24, at Hoysalanagar near Hegganahalli on Sunday afternoon.

He did it as Sarojamma had complained to the house owner Ravikumar that he picked up fights with them over trivial issues. The owner had asked Ganesh to vacate the house, the police said.

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