A 23-year-old woman was smothered allegedly by her husband while she was asleep at their residence in Shivanandanagar in J.P. Nagar police station limits on Friday night.

The police said flower vendor Venkatesh (29), who married Pushpa two-and-a-half years ago, was diagnosed with brain tumour six months ago and had undergone treatment. According to the police, Venkatesh’s mother claimed that he was mentally disturbed ever since the diagnosis. Venkatesh had left home about a month ago and had returned only a few days back.

On Friday night, Venkatesh allegedly attacked his wife with an iron rod, and later smothered her with a pillow. He slept next to the body through the night. The incident came to light in the morning.

Meanwhile, Pushpa’s mother, Narayanamma, and her brothers Manjunath and Shanthakumar have filed a complaint of dowry harassment against Venkatesh and his family with the J.P. Nagar police.

Found dead

A 45-year-old man was found dead on the pavement near a bar on Hosur Road in the early hours of Saturday. The Madiwala police are yet to ascertain his identity.

Killed in accident

Rakesh (27), a native of Channapatna, was killed after the car he was travelling in along with a friend overturned after ramming a boulder on Hebbal Main Road in R.T. Nagar traffic police station limits on Friday night.

The boulder was kept near a manhole which was under maintenance by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

Rakesh, who sustained head injuries, succumbed to them in a private hospital later.

Rakesh’s friend Jabir, who was also injured in the accident, is said to be out of danger.

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