Police nab killer behind murder of retired GKVK employee, wife

Police nab killer behind murder of retired GKVK employee, wife

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-07-15 00:38 Bengaluru: The Kodigehalli police have arrested a 27-year-old driver in connection with the murder of a 68-year-old retired employee of University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, and his 60-year-old wife in their residence last week. Police said the accused Venkatesh alias Pilla Venkatesh was a resident of Meesaganahalli village near Yelahanka. Though a driver by profession, Venkatesh was also into chit fund business. He was living with his elder brother as his parents were dead. On July 5, R Muniyappa and his wife Varalakshmi’s highly decomposed bodies were found with stab injuries and throats slit at their residence in Byatarayanapura off the Ballari-Bengaluru road. According to the police, the murder had taken place at least a couple of days earlier. According to the police, the ​couple's younger son Prithviraj had come in contact with Venkatesh while working with Nishanth, who is a friend of Prithviraj. Venkatesh used to drop Nishanth during his visits to the couples’ residence, which were quite frequent. During this time, Venkatesh came to know that the couple were into chit fund business. Since he was in financial problems, Venkatesh approached the couple for money but was unsuccessful. Then his eyes fell on the mangalasutra on Varalakshmi's neck and hatched a plot to kill the couple and rob it, said the police. Venkatesh had learnt that the couple was searching for a bride for Prithviraj. So he gained entry into the house on the pretext of giving details of a prospective bride. As soon as Muniyappa opened the door, he stabbed him repeatedly. Then he went to the first floor and stabbed Varalakshmi after which he robbed her managalasutra, the police said. He also knew that there was CCTV camera installed in the couple's residence, but was not in working condition. He left no clues at the crime spot, said a senior police officer. After questioning friends and relatives, investigating officials finally zeroed in on Venkatesh, who had pledged the mangalasutra at a private finance company in Devanahalli and had collected Rs1.2 lakh, the police added.