Bangalore, Mar 12: Byappanahalli police arrested the alleged murderer of a home-alone woman within six hours of the crime on Monday.
The victim Rajani Rajabala (60) was married to Amrit Packia Dhas, a senior scientist at DRDO.
The accused Vijayan(33) is the son of Ramanirutam, a retired technical officer at Electronics and Radar Development Establishment. Police said Vijayan, employed as a helper at an NGO, had incurred debts and was finding it difficult to provide for his family. He planned to sell Rajabala’s ornaments to raise some money.
Vijayan was acquainted with the Dhas family as he stayed at the DRDO residential complex in the quarters his father was allotted. An SSLC dropout, Vijayan later married a Manipuri woman against his parents’ wishes and was living separately with his wife and two children in a rented house at Agara near Horamavu, from where he was nabbed.
Murder for Gain
Police said in the last 10 days, Vijayan visited Rajabala twice and asked for `2 lakh but she refused to give him the money. He then demanded `60,000 a week ago to pay his credit card dues. As Rajabala refused to budge, he hatched a plan to kill her and steal her jewellery.
Vijayan planned the murder well in advance and purchased a knife before heading to Rajabala’s house Monday on the pretext of taking her help for a documentary. He told her that he was directing a documentary and one of the scenes was that of a woman ending her life over differences with her husband.
Police said Vijayan convinced Rajabala to write a death note in this regard and she wrote it in Tamil. He then blackmailed her using that note, threatening to kill her if she did not give him the money. He told her no one would suspect his role behind her death as she wrote the death note, police explained. However, Rajabala did not heed his threats and Vijayan slit her throat. Neighbours who heard Rajabala scream rang the door-bell. In his hurry to escape, Vijayan dropped the suicide note and stole her two gold chains, before jumping from the balcony on the third floor, police said.
Though he was injured, Vijayan managed to walk till the main road and took an auto and reached home. He told his wife he met with an accident and after changing his clothes, went to a nearby clinic. He gave the doctor the same explanation.
However, in his haste to flee, Vijayan left his two-wheeler at the DRDO residential complex as he lost its keys at the spot. Based on the vehicle’s details, the police traced Vijayan. He was taken to a hospital as he sustained multiple injuries, including damage to his spinal cord, while jumping off from the third floor of the building.