A home-alone woman was found murdered at her residence in KHB Colony in the city on Tuesday. Police suspect that the assailants were acquaintances of the victim. The deceased, Sujatha, 37, was married to Murugananda. The couple had two sons, Tarun, 14, and Roshan, 8. Murugananda owns an incense stick factory in Kamakshipalya.
Police said Sujatha was found dead at the living room with her hands and legs tied with veils. The assailants had gagged her and covered her face with duct tape before strangulating her.
“Sujatha’s maid Lakshmama, came for routine chores, around 12 noon. There was no response to repeated knocks. Meanwhile, her brother Sundar came to the spot. When she told him there was no response, he called Sujatha on her cellphone. After two rings, an unidentifed man answered the call and told Sundar that his sister had met with an accident and she was admitted to Sarvodaya Hospital. Soon, Sundar hurriedly left, while Lakshmamma went to the terrace to pick up dry clothes. On the first floor, she found Sujatha lying dead,” the police said.
Later, Lakshmamma informed Sujatha’s family, who reside in the neighbourhood, about the death. DCP (West) S N Sidramappa said, “There has been no forcible entry. The victim has also served coffee to the assailants. They have searched for valuables but her jewels remained intact. They have stolen Rs 35,000.”