KARNATAKA

Double murder case solved, three arrested

IN POLICE NET: The three murder accused being produced at a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday.

IN POLICE NET: The three murder accused being produced at a press conference in Bangalore on Tuesday.  

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The North Division police have arrested a woman and her two accomplices on charge of murdering Pushpa (32) and her daughter Hemalatha (12) and looting cash and gold ornaments from their house in Srirampuram police station limits.

Pushpa and Hemalatha were found dead with their throats slit at their second floor house in Sriramapuram on January 6. The murder came to light after Pushpa's husband and another daughter returned from Sabarimala.

The police gave the names of the arrested as V. Vindhya (25), a native of Gudiyattam in Tamil Nadu, R. Surendra (28) of Vellore in Tamil Nadu and Kaftan Khan (27) of Ajmer district in Rajasthan. All of them were residents of Srirampuram here.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Malini Krishnamurthy told presspersons on Tuesday that Vindhya used to frequent the beauty parlour run by Pushpa. She knew that Pushpa had gold jewellery. She and her friend Surendra conspired to loot ornaments.

Around 3.30 p.m. on January 3, Vindhya called on Pushpa and offered to buy her sweets as it was her birthday. Around 9.30 p.m., Vindhya returned to Pushpa's house and gave her and Hemalatha "milk khova" that had sedatives mixed.

While Pushpa fell unconscious, Hemalatha screamed in pain. Vindhya called up Surendra and asked him to come to Pushpa's house. The two allegedly killed Hemalatha by slitting her throat, Ms. Krishnamurthy said.

Commissioner of Police N. Achuta Rao announced reward for the team that cracked the case.

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