BENGALURU: The 28-year-old techie, who died in a road rage incident in Tavarekere in south-east Bengaluru early on Monday morning, had made a desperate effort to escape his would-be killers by taking a detour on his bike from the main road to a narrow lane to enter a friend’s apartment. As neither security guards of the building nor people in the vicinity responded to his cries for help, Pranay Mishra, the software engineer with Accenture, was finally cornered by the two men who were chasing him on a bike and stabbed to death.
The details of his final 20 minutes emerged during police investigation and interrogation of one of the two killers, Karthik. The other accused Arun is absconding. Arun and Karthik are rowdysheeters.
During investigation, it was revealed that a few people did wake up hearing Pranay’s cries for help but did not respond.
Detailing the sequence of events, police said, “Pranay was heading to his girlfriend’s house on his bike met with a minor accident with Karthik and Arun who were also on a bike around 3.30am on Monday. The duo picked up a fight and demanded `500 to get their vehicle repaired. All three were under the influence of alcohol. Pranay refused to pay and left the spot.”
According to police, the duo then chased Pranay. Sensing danger, Pranay diverted his route from the main road and went to a narrow street to reach a friend’s house. The building was guarded by security guards and its front portion covered by iron grilles. Pranay made several attempts to wake up the security guards, shouted for help and also approached neighbouring houses but none paid heed or came to his rescue. By then, Karthik and Arun cornered him, stabbed him to death and fled the spot. After that a few locals gathered.
Around that time, Pranay’s girlfriend called him. The locals received the call on Pranay’s mobile and informed her about the incident. She then informed a friend who rushed to the spot. By then police too arrived and shifted him to a hospital but Pranay was declared brought dead.
Investigating officials said that had Pranay taken the main road or got help in time, he would have survived.