BANGALORE: The Nandini Layout murder case took a dramatic turn on Wednesday as the police arrested the victim’s husband for the crime.
The body of Muttulakshmi (56) was found early on Tuesday, and her husband Thimmaiah had filed a police complaint claiming she had gone to fetch milk when chain snatchers bludgeoned her to death.
S Harishekaran, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), said that the police became suspicious within an hour of beginning their investigation.
“Her bangles and chain had gone missing. But besides a three-inch wound on her head, she had almost no bruises. It didn’t look like she had died from being attacked with deadly weapons,” he told a press conference here on Wednesday.
The wound did not look like it had been inflicted by a sharp object either. During the post mortem, their suspicions were strengthened. Muttulakshmi’s hands and a leg had been fractured, and her hip dislocated. There was also severe internal bleeding, which caused her death.
“The doctors confirmed the death was from a fall,” Harishekaran said.
Story for Media Thimmaiah, while talking to the media, claimed his wife always went to buy milk after he had returned from his morning walk.
However, in his complaint, he had said she went to fetch milk when he was out on his morning walk. When he was asked about the discrepancy, he revealed the full story.
According to the police, Thimmaiah admitted to having pushed Muttulakshmi from the terrace after telling her he needed her help to clean the water-logged area.
The police have now revised the time of Muttulakshmi’s death to between 11.30 pm and 12.30 am.
Thimmaiah had claimed the mugging took place between 5 am and 6 am. It is not clear whether Muttulakshmi screamed when she fell from the three-storey building: neighbours said they had heard nothing. A tree broke her fall before she hit the ground, and the sound on impact may not have been loud, police surmise.
About an hour and a half after pushing her, Thimmaiah allegedly went to check on her. The body had fallen near a drain and he dragged it a short distance. He then removed her chain and bangles to make it look like a mugging, police said.
Thimmaiah and Muttulakshmi had been married for 30 years and their daughter lives with her husband in Varthur. For the last six or seven years, the couple were unhappy. Thimmaiah said he had not had any physical intimacy with her, and they barely talked to each other.
He also said Muttulakshmi would not cook for him frequently. When police asked him why he had not divorced her and married someone else, he claimed his conscience did not allow him to do that.