Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wife got constable eliminated

Santosh Kumar RB / DNA Thursday, November 26, 2009 9:13 IST Email

Bangalore: The city police on Wednesday claimed to have solved the murder of a police constable, with the arrest of his widow, her alleged paramour and a friend.

TH Krishna, deputed to the Anti-Naxal Force (ANF) of the state police, was found dead in a canal near a poultry farm at Shyamabhattarapalya on Gallahalli-Hesaraghatta Road on November 19, a night after he was killed.

Police said Honnamma's lover Kalaiah alias Kalappa, his friend Shivamurthy and two others garrotted the constable at her behest. A hunt is underway for the two absconding suspects, whose identities were not revealed.

Honnamma was earlier picked up for interrogation, as investigators found her behaviour suspicious. During the questioning, she reportedly confessed to requesting one of her relatives to eliminate Krishna. She allegedly told her relative that she has been subjected to mental and physical harassment. Police identified this relative as Kalaiah, and arrested him along with Shivamurthy.

Though the police have not ruled out the harassment angle as the motive of the murder, they suspect Honnamma's illicit relationship with Kalaiah might have led to the killing.

Two mobile phones, an autorickshaw and the wire used to strangulate Krishna were recovered from the accused persons, police said.

Krishna came to Bangalore on November 18 after Kalaiah, a resident of Laggere, invited him to a party. The constable accepted the invitation since Kalaiah was supposedly one of his close friends. They met at Jalahalli Cross.

Police said Kalaiah and his friends took Krishna to an isolated place on Hesaraghatta-Gollahalli road in an autorickshaw. They made the constable consume alcohol before strangulating him to death with the wire.

The deputy superintendent of police (Nelamangala), HR Dharanendra, said the men dumped the body into the canal. The body was found the next morning.

Krishna's identity card, found in his pocket, helped the police identify the victim. Further investigation revealed that the constable, of the III Battalion of Karnataka State Reserve Police, was attached with the ANF in Karkala.

Besides Honnamma's behaviour, the investigators had also noticed Kalaiah's absence while the last rites of the slain constable were carried out.

Krishna's family was residing in Austin Town. The constable had two children with Honnamma.

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