BANGALORE: A six-year-old girl was strangled to death and dumped under a cot in the house of her father’s tenant in Hoodi under Mahadevapura police limits.
While the parents launched a search for the girl after realising that she was missing, the tenants left the house and are now absconding.
According to Mahadevapura police, on Monday evening, the girl Kavita was playing outside their house. Around 5.30 pm, her father Manjunath noticed that she was missing and began looking for her in the neighbourhood.
Around 9 pm, their tenants, identified as Suresh, a mechanic, and his wife Prathima, along with the two children, left the house citing urgent work. Despite objection from Kavita’s family, they handed over the key to the distraught parents.
About an hour-and-a-half later, Manjunath, on an instinct, decided to look in the tenant’s home. When he opened the door, he was shocked to find his daughter’s body hidden under the cot in one corner of the room.
Mahadevapura police have now launched a manhunt for the missing couple who are originally from Bihar. The family has been living in Manjunath’s home on rent since the last month.
While the reason behind the murder is not known, police say that Prathima and Kavita’s mother used to have frequent fights and this often involved Kavitha. “We are not sure why the child was killed. It is possible that she knew something that they did not want others to know or there may be some other reason. We will know the motive only after their arrest,” police officials said.