The HAL police have cracked the murder of a 55-year-old woman by arresting her son and an accomplice.
The accused are Lakshmana alias Lakshmana Reddy (34), a daily wage worker, and his friend Subramani (30), a driver. They hail from Chittor district in Andhra Pradesh and were living in Mulbagal, near Kolar.
Reddy killed his mother Muniyamma alias Reddamma, a domestic help, near her house at Doddanekundi Lake on November 25.
Police say Lakshmana Reddy had lost money in gambling. He had also bought a two-wheeler but had no money to pay the instalments. On November 25, when Lakshmana Reddy went to his mother’s house, her husband Malla Reddy, a security guard, was away at work.
Lakshmana Reddy demanded money to pay his bike dues. Reddamma, who suspected he would use the cash for gambling, refused. Later in the evening, he sat drinking with his friend Subramani and allegedly hatched a plot to murder her.
Around 9.30 pm, he returned and told her Subramani had gold jewels worth Rs 20,000 and was ready to sell them for just Rs 5,000 as he needed the money urgently. When she showed interest, he took her near a temple nearby. Subramani was waiting there. She started talking to him. Suddenly, in the middle of the negotiations, Lakshmana Reddy and Subramani pushed her and allegedly smashed her head with a stone. After confirming she was dead, the friends stole her gold chain, ear ring and nose stud and fled, police said.