BANGALORE: City police claimed they had cracked the murder of HR manager Saurabh Rastogi by arresting Rashwin Chengappa, his wife’s one-time colleague, on Thursday.
Stabbed to death on Saturday, Rastogi’s body was found on Sunday.
Chengappa (25), a native of Kodagu, is a senior manager and had worked with Rastogi’s wife Ankita. He reportedly had a crush on her and knew her well.
A few months ago, before she quit her job, he had proposed to her and she had turned him down, a police official said.
This had upset him and he allegedly hatched a plan to kill Rastogi, who was all set to move to the US with his family.
Chengappa, a resident of Jakkasandra in Koramangala, befriended Rastogi and got to know from him that his wife had gone to Pune.
On June 14, he went to Rastogi’s eighth floor flat in Sun City Apartments, saying he wanted to check out the place for renting.
Once inside, Chengappa allegedly stabbed him from behind and then slit his throat, slashing him 18 times with a knife. After the crime, he fled.
The murder came to light on Sunday when Ankita repeatedly tried to call Rastogi, but found that his phone was unreachable.
HSR Layout police are investigating further and also questioning Ankita in this connection.