Bengaluru: In swift action, the Chamarajpet police cracked the murder of a 55-year-old home-alone woman and arrested two people, including the woman's adopted daughter, within 24 hours of the crime committed.
The deceased, Vijayamma, from Mangaluru, was hacked to death allegedly by her adopted daughter Sonu Pujari alias Gagan Pal (29) and her paramour Kumar (20) at her residence on Tin 5th Main, Chamarajpet on Tuesday. Vijayamma, who was single, owned a beauty parlour near Uma theatre, Chamarajpet.
Sonu and Kumar, both residents of Dattatreya Block, K.G. Nagar, had hatched a plan to rob money and jewellery from Vijayamma as they were in financial crisis. While Sonu worked as an assistant in a beauty parlour at KG Nagar and lived in a paying guest accommodation, Kumar worked as an assistant in the same PG where Sonu lived.
Around 1 pm on Tuesday, Sonu, as usual, visited Vijayamma and prepared food for her. A few minutes later, Kumar too arrived with liquor. The trio drank together and had food. Vijayamma, who was unaware of the duo's plan, went to the kitchen, while Kumar followed her and strangled her with a cloth. When Vijayamma resisted, Sonu hit her in the head with a wooden log and she collapsed, the police said. The duo then ransacked the house and fled with the money and jewellery kept in a cupboard and on Vijayamma's person.
Vijaya's friend Rajlakshmi visited the house around 7 pm and found the doors open. When she went inside, she found Vijaya in the kitchen, lying in a pool of blood. "Rajlakshmi ran out of the house and informed P.M. Lakshmi Narayan Gupta, who stays downstairs. She later filed a complaint with us," the police said.
Chamrajpet police, who registered the case, initially suspected the involvement of Sonu. When they detained her and questioned her, she confessed to the murder, saying her paramour Kumar too was involved, the police said.