A shocking case of #HusbandMurder has been reported from Bengaluru, Karnataka, where a 40-year-old Doddaballapura handloom weaver died under mysterious circumstances. He was cremated by his family assuming he died a natural death.
Now, two weeks after his death, the victim’s 10-year-old son has revealed how his father was murdered in front of him by none other than his mother, maternal grandmother and mother’s boyfriend. All three accused have been arrested.
Raghavendra N, a resident of Karenahalli, died on December 27 and his death was passed off as severe epileptic attack as per statement given by his wife, Shylaja, 30.
However, two weeks later, her son recently revealed how his father actually died.
Shylaja was assisted by her mother Lakshmidevamma, 50, and boyfriend Hanumantha, 30, in eliminating Raghavendra, the son revealed. CCTV footage from a handloom unit, which covers Raghavendra’s house, and phone call details between Shylaja and Hanumantha corroborated the eyewitness account.
Police said Hanumantha was employed at a handloom unit and Shylaja worked with a garment factory. She met Hanumantha at her workplace and they began having an affair. This led to a clash between Raghavendra and Shylaja. She and Hanumantha allegedly hatched a plan to kill him.
Complaint Filed Against Accused
According to a complaint filed on January 7, by Raghavendra’s younger brother Chandra Shekhar, Shylaja called him around 2.15am on the day he died, and informed him that Raghavendra had sustained injuries after falling on the floor due to fits. Shekhar and his father Nanjundappa rushed to the spot and found him dead. However, they noticed injuries on his head.
Initially, Raghavendra’s kin believed Shylaja and performed the final rites. But they suspected foul play and questioned Shylaja’s son on December 29, who revealed a man was present at his house on the day of his dad’s death. Shekhar had rushed to Raghavendra’s home, verified CCTV footage in a nearby building and noticed a man wearing a pullover had entered the house at 10.45pm.
As reported by TOI, Shekhar informed police,
My brother lived with his wife, mother-in-law and two kids — a son and daughter — in a rented house. My sister-in-law was at her parents’ home in Andhra Pradesh when I verified the CCTV footage and hence I delayed filing a police complaint.
Shekhar’s nephew, meanwhile, began giving more details to his grandfather Nanjundappa.
According to the boy, he was sleeping and woke up on the fateful midnight after hearing some noise. Raghavendra’s son later revealed,
My grandmother (maternal) was holding my father’s legs and my mother was sitting on his back. Another person was hitting my father with a rolling pin. I asked them why they were hitting my father. But that person hit me and threatened to kill me if I reported this to anyone.
Doddaballapura town police registered a case of murder and destroying evidence against the trio. Cops found blood stains on the wall at the crime scene, collected call record details of the suspects and CCTV footage and arrested them.
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