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Couple murdered, house ransacked, but valuables intact

The couple: Lakshmamma, 55, and Chandre Gowda, 63.

The couple: Lakshmamma, 55, and Chandre Gowda, 63.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu

Police suspect that the murderers were looking for property documents

A couple was murdered in their house at Garudacharpalya in Mahadevapura on Thursday.

Chandre Gowda, 63, had retired from a private firm three years ago and lived alone with his wife, Lakshmamma, 55. The couple owned a building and resided in the ground floor flat while renting out the other six units. The rent money was their primary source of income, a senior police officer said.

The murder came to light in the morning when the owner of a flour mill adjacent to the building noticed that water from the sump in the compound was overflowing. He knocked on their door with the intention of asking Chandre Gowda to switch off the motor. However, when no one answered the door, he peered through the window and saw the victims lying on the ground. He immediately alerted the police.

“Preliminary investigations revealed there was no forced entry. The entire house looked as if it had been ransacked, but the valuables in the puja room and the jewellery the victims had on were left untouched,” said a senior police officer. The suspicion is that the assailants were known to the victims. “We suspect that the murderers were looking for property documents. They used a blunt weapon to kill the couple and locked the house after they left, taking the keys with them.”

The couple’s adopted daughter lives with her husband’s family in K.R. Pete of Mandya district. The police have verified CCTV footage from in and around the area to identify the assailants. “We have some clues and the the accused will be nabbed soon,” the police officer said.

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