BANGALORE: A 19-year-old first BCom student was found murdered with her throat slit at her residence on Pai Layout’s 16th E Cross on Wednesday evening. The victim, identified by police as Monika Srivastava, a native of Varanasi, was studying second semester at Bangalore City College in Kalyan Nagar near Banasawadi.
Though the reason for the murder is yet to be ascertained, the police have suspected that a love affair may be behind the murder. They have also kept an eye on the close friends of the victim, as it is very clear that the murderer was known to Monika.
Monika was staying at a rented house with her elder sister Anjali, a magazine editor for the in-house publication of Anutone Acoustics Limited located in Whitefield. Anjali was previously working for a leading English publication in the city and had left it six months ago.
The police said that Monika had attended an examination in the morning and returned home around 1.30 pm. Around 2.30 pm, she spoke to her sister over phone and informed that she had done well in the exam. When Anjali returned home after work around 6.30 pm, the door was found locked from outside and Monika did not respond even to the phone calls. Hence, Anjali, with the help of neighbours, broke open the door and found her sister’s body lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room. Later, she informed the police about the murder.
“It is suspected that only one person is behind the killing and he has slit her throat with a knife. Monika tried to resist the attack and there are wounds on her palms. It is very clear that the killer was known to her as there is no forcible entry and also as Monika did not open the door for strangers,” the police explained.
“This is definitely not a case of murder for gain. Some personal reason or rivalry may be behind the murder. We will question her classmates, friends and the college authority,” the police added.
House owner Santosh said that the sisters had rented the two bedroom house just two months ago. “Earlier, they were staying at Suddaguntepalya, very near to this place. They had only a few visitors who visited them frequently.”
Raghavendra, a colleague of Anjali, said that the latter had moved to the city about six years ago. “Monika had come about a year ago. Their brother is studying engineering at a private college and lives in a room there as this place is very far to his college. Anjali’s marriage was scheduled, but was postponed as her father passed away some months ago. Again, it was scheduled with the same boy for this December. We are yet to inform her mother, who is living alone in Varanasi,” he said.