Chips and Liquor Testify in Belthangady Double Murder Case!

Chips and Liquor Testify in Belthangady Double Murder Case!

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 2016-01-16 21:35 Mangaluru: “Junk food is injurious to health”, the wise say and yet we hog on it. Here is what a junk food cost a person. It landed him behind the bars! The warning about alcohol also stands true here! A packet of potato chips left a clue in a case of double murder that took place recently in Belthangady taluk of Mangaluru. On January 10 late night, elderly couple K V Verghese alias Varkey (84) and his wife Eliamma residing near government higher primary school were found murdered in a suspicious manner. On Saturday, the Mangaluru police arrested the murder accused Ravi (26), resident of Gadag, who is also wanted in 21 theft cases in Gadag and Haveri district. According to police, Ravi entered the crime records at a tender age of 14 and had warrants in 11 cases in Gadag and Haveri. Recently, Ravi along with his three months pregnant wife had come to Banjaru near Charmadi Ghats to work as a labourer for an under-construction reservoir. Since his wife was carrying, he had taken her for a medical check-up near Kakkinje on January 9, where, after taking the doctor’s appointment he left his wife at the clinic and went to identify houses in isolated areas for a quick loot at the right time and found deceased KV Verghese’ home. On January 10, he purchased a packet of potato chips from a bakery near Kakkinje and went to booze to a nearby bar. Later at 10:30 night, Ravi allegedly visited the house of K V Verghese ask for drinking water after pretending to have missed a road. Police said that Ravi made Verghese to walk him till the gate to show the road. Finding the elderly man alone, Ravi attacked him with a piece of wood. Later he disrobed Verghese of his Lungi and strangled him to death with that. Ravi entered the house thinking no one was there but to his surprise, saw Eliamma walking out of the bathroom wearing just a saree. He used the same modus operandi. He stripped her and strangled her with the saree.Later Ravi found a whiskey bottle bought by Vergese and spent time amid the corpses drinking till 4 am before making away with the loot. All he could find in the whole house was Rs 1,000 cash and 250 gram gold jewellery. As crime is always supposed to leave a clue behind, he forgot to take his chips packet with him, police said. Police during the investigation found the chips packet in a carry bag and that gave the vital clue to the case. CCTV footage from the bar showed the accused with same carry bag of chips.