TNN | Mar 11, 2014, 03.53AM IST
BANGALORE: The wife of a scientist with Aeronautical Development Authority (ADE) was stabbed to death inside her house on Monday morning.
The body of Rajini Rajamala, 42, lying in a pool of blood, was spotted by her neighbour just after 11am at the Defence Research and Development Authority (DRDO) residential quarters in CV Raman Nagar, off Old Madras Road.
A man who had come to house number 22/12, on the third floor of house complex number 4, inside the residential quarters, is suspected to have killed her.
Two stab marks were found on her neck. The neighbour, whose identity was kept a secret by police, is a resident of the second floor of the same building. She told police that on hearing a noise, she peeped out of her balcony to see what was going on. She saw a man landing on the ground, and suspected that he had jumped from the third floor of the building.
Surprised, she went up to the third floor, and found Rajini dead.
By the time she returned, the man had vanished. She immediately cried for help and informed police. The murder is suspected have taken place between 10am and 11am.
Her husband Packya Das, a grade D scientist, left for work around 9.30am. One of the neighbours called Das, who was at work, informing him about the murder a few minutes after 11am, police said. The couple’s children, a son and daughter, were at school at the time.
Kamal Pant, additional commissioner of police, law and order, who visited the spot said no valuables were missing from the house. Also, there were no signs of a forced entry.
Joint commissioner of police, law and order (East), KV Sharat Chandra, who is monitoring four special teams formed to investigate the case, said police have a few clues. “All I can say at this point is that the attacker left something behind,” he said.
DID ASSAILANT JUMP FROM THIRD FLOOR?
That the alleged killed jumped from the third floor has left everyone shocked. Joint commissioner Sharat Chandra said: “We’re as surprised that a man jumped from the third floor and survived. However, in her statement, the neighbour said she only saw him land on the ground and suspected that he had jumped from the third floor.”
Sources said the attacker was injured after jumping from the building and there were some spots of blood where he landed. The investigating teams are looking at CCTV camera footage in and around the complex to look for suspicious persons.
“The quarters have a thoroughfare running through, allowing free entry of private vehicles. So there’s no way to maintain a log of visitors. The public road has a bus stand and BMTC buses ply here. However, we keep a record of private vehicles entering the area at night,” DRDO spokesperson.