The Vidyaranyapura police have arrested a 29-year-old domestic help for murdering her friend following a row over jewellery on Monday.

The accused, identified as Lakshmi, had borrowed a gold chain and necklace from her friend, Indira, who was also a domestic help in Chamundeshwari Layout, on the pretext of attending a family function and later pawned it. But when Indira asked her to return the jewellery, she allegedly bludgeoned her to death with a rolling pin and hid the body under a cot.

Meanwhile, when Indira did not return home, her husband, Kumaran, went to Lakshmi’s house looking for her. Lakshmi tried to feign ignorance stating that she had not seen Indira but when Kumaran noticed the blood stains in the house, suspecting something fishy, he informed the police. The police found the body under the cot.

The Vidyaranyapura police are investigating.

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