Staff Reporter

Car driver is the alleged mastermind

Driver had no intention to kill Kamala Devi

Hunt on for driver’s two accomplices

HYDERABAD: Film artiste Nayanatara’s car driver, Krishnamurthy, turned out to be the alleged mastermind behind the killing of her mother, Kamala Devi.

The Sanjeevareddy Nagar police reportedly stumbled upon incriminating evidence suggesting that the driver was behind the murder for gain committed on September 24 last.

They are hunting for the car driver’s two accomplices, through whom he got the woman murdered.

Sources said that initially investigators did not suspect the involvement of Krishnamoorthy even as the sniffer dog went thrice to the car after being taken around the scene of offence in the house of the actress at Madhuranagar.

“We thought the dog was on the wrong scent because the driver was very much around the house even as all the police officers were examining the scene and quizzing everyone,” an investigator said.

As all other clues did not lead them anywhere, the police began questioning the car driver who eventually admitted to have got the actress’ mother killed with his associates.

It is said the driver had no intention to kill Kamala Devi but only wanted to rob her of the jewellery since he knew hat she would be alone after her daughter went out for film shooting.

Robbery

Krishnamurthy told his associates that Kamala Devi would be alone in the morning when Nayanatara goes to the dance classes and it would be ideal time for committing the robbery.

As per the plan, the two persons entered the house. They had beaten her with a broomstick and strangled her to death when she tried to resist. “A strand of hair found in the victim’s hands suggested that she resisted the killers. Palm prints of the accused were also found on the bathroom walls,” the police said. They had sent the hair to the Forensic Science Laboratory.

The strand of hair and palm prints would be compared with that of the accused after they are caught.

A hunt was launched to nab the car driver’s associates and to recover the nearly 50 tolas gold jewellery they had taken away.