The city police announced they have cracked the murder of Lakshmamma in Peenya 2nd Stage in August 2010 by arresting her neighbour and six alleged accomplices.

Lakshmamma, who lived alone after being separated from her husband Krishnamurthy, was smothered to death and her home looted.

The Rajagopalanagar police, following her relatives' complaint, had arrested Krishnamurthy, a sub-inspector in the Excise Department, and son Girish.

However, the Organised Crime Wing officials of Central Crime Branch (CCB) arrested Manjunath alias Loose Manja (20), Mallikarjun alias Malli (20) of Javagal in Arasikere, Kartik alias Shetty (20) of Chitradurga, Ravi Kiran alias Ravi (20) of Kottigepalya, Arjun (20) of Sunkadakatte, Imran Pasha alias Imran (19) of Yelahanka and Suleiman (22) of Yelahanka New Town.

Kartik had an electronic goods servicing shop at the ground floor in the building where Lakshmamma lived and hatched a plot to rob her, the CCB told The Hindu.

The seven men barged into her house and when they faced strong resistance from her, they killed her, a CCB officer said. “Manjunatha, who lives near Shivananda Circle, runs two gangs and has been committing robberies,” he added.

The other gang

The arrested men have confessed, the police said. The police arrested members of his other gang, not involved in the murder, and seized weapons from them. They are Ravikumar alias Ravi (19) of Keregodu in Mandya, Purushotham alias Purushi (19) of Doddakallasandra, J.R. Karthik (20) from Hegganahalli, Harsha (20) of Manjunathanagar, S. Siddeshwar Prasad alias Siddesh (19) of Anjana Nagar and Lokesh (20), who lives near Kumara Kripa Guest House.

This gang had pulled off a big robbery in Gouribidanur in Tumkur on December 16, 2010, besides muggings in the vicinity of Sheshadripuram, Okalipuram and Shivananda Circle.

They were conspiring to rob punters carrying huge amounts of cash after a good day at the races, the officer added.