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Trusting women invited alleged killer to lunch

Staff Reporter

Jewellery worth Rs. 10 lakh recovered from triple murder case accused

Bangalore: The Mico Layout Subdivision police have recovered gold jewellery worth Rs. 10 lakh from R. Govinda Raj (23) who had allegedly killed three women of a family in Tilaknagar here on January 20.

The accused, who had acted in a recently released Kannada film Jolly Days, had apparently been planning to kill Jayashree (45) for the past two months. But he ended up allegedly murdering her mother-in-law Sathyabama (84) and sister-in-law Vijayalakshmi (55) in their house in Jayanagar T Block.

“We have enough evidence. We have recovered two cellphones, 35 gold bangles, four necklaces, four chains and other ornaments from the accused. We arrested the accused in Mangalore on January 27,” City Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari told presspersons here on Wednesday.

The accused came from Kalanakatte village in Bhadravati taluk to the city six years ago. He first worked in a bakery in K.G. Halli and then as a helper at an eatery near Annayamma temple in Tilaknagar where Jayashree was a regular customer.

Govinda later joined Velankani Complex in Electronics City as a kitchen assistant, but was sacked along with 149 other employees because of the global slowdown. His sacking put paid to his plans to complete work on his new house at his native village. Badly in need of money, he hatched the murder plan, Mr. Bidari said.

Scheme

Govinda was also an agent of Agri Gold Scheme to which he had helped Jayashree get a membership. He used to visit her house frequently in this connection.

On the fateful day, he had had lunch with the family. Jayashree, who had brought ornaments from the bank locker to wear for them for the thread ceremony of her 13-year-old son Shreyas, showed him the jewellery. The trusting women asked him to remain till tea time and they retired for a siesta.

While they were sleeping, Govinda allegedly killed them by battering their heads with a coconut and then smothering them. While he was about to leave with jewellery and saris, Sathyabama’s daughter Vijayalakshmi entered the house. He killed her too and fled, Mr. Bidari said.

He gifted the saris to his relatives and stayed in his friend’s house in Peenya that night.

The next day he pawned some of the jewellery. Most of the valuables had been recovered, he said.

Reward

Home Minister V.S. Acharya announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh to the police team for cracking the case.

Additional Police Commissioner (Law and Order) M.R. Pujar and other officials were present.

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