Submitted by Subeditor on Tue, 2016-01-12 12:10 Belthangady: In a shocking incident at Belthangady, an old couple found murdered near Government Higher Primary School Kakkinje on Moday morning. The diseased have been identified as K V Varghese alias Varkey (84) and his wife Eliyamma (78). The body of Varghese was found at a distance of about 100 metres outside his house while the body of Eliyamma found in one of the rooms inside the house. A major injury in the head was found in the body of Varghese and there were marks of strangulation on the neck part too. The body of Eliyamma too bore the marks of strangulation.The police team and the canine squad were called for and the sniffer dog is said to have taken rounds in the interior lanes and finally stopped at the shopping area. This has strengthened the theory that it was an act done by some of those who were familiar with the place.The police suspect that the motive of the act was robbery as the entire house was found rummaged. A gold chain which Eliyamma wore is suspected to have been snatched away. The exact quantum of loss of cash and valuables was not yet ascertained.District SP Dr Sharanappa S D and other top officials visited the spot. The SP has constituted a special team led by Bantwal ASP Rahul Kumar to investigate into the crime. The SP has expressed the hope that the culprits within a short time.