The Byapnahalli police arrested two men in connection with the killing of a cab driver.
The arrested have been identified as Bharath Kumar (23), a native of Andhra Pradesh and M Mohan Babu (19), a resident of Byapnahalli. Five other accused are still at large. All of them were working at Gopalan Mall and as daily wagers around the city.
They allegedly murdered Darmaraj of Suddaguntepalya, at Bethamangala in Kolar after plotting to rob him on the pretext of hiring his cab.
Police said Kumar had collected Darmaraj’s phone number from JustDial. He contacted Darmaraj, who also owned the cab, on April 2 and told him that he wanted to hire his vehicle as his wife had to go to Bethamangala near Bangarpet. He asked Darmaraj to come near Byapanahalli.
After taking Dharmaraj into a forest near Bethamangala, the accused, who were drunk, forced Darmaraj to drink, police said. After a while they bludgeoned his head with a stone and escaped with his Innova car, police said.
As Dharmaraju did not return home even after two days and his phone was not reachable, his father Revanasiddappa filed a case with the Byapanahalli police, who traced his call records and arrested the suspects on Friday. The duo confessed to the murder and having sold the car for `3 lakh, police said. When police reached the spot to recover the body, they found only bones as “dogs and birds had eaten the body’’.
Byapanahalli police along with Bangarpet police are looking out for the other accused.
Man Kills Wife
A drunk man allegedly killed his wife at his house at Srinivasnagar on Saturday night.
The victim has been identified as Meenakshi, who was working in a garment factory. She was married to Vishwanath, a daily wager in a private company. The couple have two daughters, who stay with their grandmother at Sakleshpur.
The police said the incident took place around 10.30 pm when Vishwanath, who was drunk, picked a quarrel with Meenakshi. In a fit of rage he allegedly assaulted her and strangulated her to death. Their neighbours, on hearing her screaming, alerted her elder brother Deelaksha, who then informed the police. Police rushed to the spot, but Vishwanth managed to flee.
Preliminary investigation revealed that Vishwanth used to harass her for money. He had gone out of the city three months ago after quarrelling with her. On Friday, he came to the city and visited his wife and quarrelled with her. The exact reason for the murder is not known.
Kamakshipalya police are looking out for the accused.