A homicide in Bengaluru has left the town shocked. On Sunday, a 43-year-old authorities employee employed with the Karnataka Division of Mines and Geology was discovered murdered at her residence in south Bengaluru.
The sufferer was recognized by Prathima KS. She was discovered together with her throat slit at her home in Doddakallasandra in Subramanyapura police limits. A day later, a suspect has been arrested – a driver who was sacked from the division a number of days in the past.
Right here’s every thing we all know concerning the homicide case to this point.
Who was Prathima KS?
Prathima KS was a 45-year-old geologist with Karnataka’s mines and geology division. She lived in a double-storied impartial home alone and labored as a senior geologist within the metropolis.
Her husband Suryanarayan, resides close to Thirthahalli in Shivamogga district, which is 300 km from Bengaluru, and works as a farmer. He was earlier a major faculty instructor. They’ve a 16-year-old son who research in a college in Mangaluru.
In line with the police, the couple was not on good phrases however relations denied this. Prathima’s relative Vishnu instructed The Occasions of India, “We’re shocked Prathima was murdered. She didn’t have any issues with the family. She was a daring and prompt official.”
The geologist was reportedly ordered to conduct raids on unlawful mining actions final month. She additionally investigated some high-profile instances considered one of which was of unlawful quarrying.
In line with a report by The Information Minute, Prathima carried out a bodily examination of a quarrying web site, after which she submitted a report back to the federal government quoting a lack of Rs 25.35 lakh. Following this, an FIR was filed towards a BJP MLA and three others.
Colleagues describe Prathima as courageous and proactive. Dinesh, who labored intently with the lady, stated that she just lately carried out raids. “Prathima was a very dynamic lady. She was very brave too. Be it raids or any action, she earned a great reputation in the department,” Dinesh, a senior officer on the division, instructed India Right this moment.
“She didn’t make any enemies. According to the new rules, she did her work well and earned a great name,” he added.
In line with Dayananda KA, deputy commissioner of Bengaluru City, Prathima didn’t have work strain. The 2 had met for work just lately when she had spoken to him about “challenges being faced to control the entry of lorries from Tamil Nadu”.
“She was a proactive and positive officer. We had a review meeting a month ago and had told her to control illegal mining. The focus was to monitor the lorries transporting gravel stones from Tamil Nadu,” the senior official, who visited the crime scene was quoted as saying by The Indian Categorical.
Prathima’s work concerned travelling throughout the town, particularly its extra rural areas. She has been working in Bengaluru for 4 years. She accomplished her Grasp’s diploma from a university in Shivamogga.
What do we all know concerning the homicide?
Prathima was in her workplace till 6 pm on Saturday and returned to her home by 8 pm. She was dropped off in an workplace automobile.
The homicide got here to gentle round 8.30 am on Sunday. In line with the police, Prathima had referred to as her youthful brother, a civil contractor, on Saturday night time. When he returned his sister’s name on Saturday she didn’t reply. He referred to as her again on Sunday and her telephone was switched off. When he got here to Prathima’s home, she was discovered lifeless.
“The grill door [of her house] was latched from inside but it could have been done by anyone by inserting their hands in the gap,” an officer stated.
Subramanyapura Police discovered the geologist lifeless on the ground. “Her throat has been slit and prima facie, no valuables have gone missing from her house,” a police officer stated. A homicide case was registered.
Additional investigation revealed that Prathima was murdered inside her room. She was first strangulated after which her throat was slit. “We are awaiting the post-mortem report. There was no forced entry to the house and no valuables have been missing. Someone known to her has entered the house and killed her,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by The Indian Categorical.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Rahul Kumar Shahapurwad stated, “We suspect she might have been murdered at night. Three teams have been formed for the investigations.”
Who murdered Prathima and why?
The police arrested a former driver for the homicide.
In line with Bengaluru police commissioner B Dayanand, a suspect was taken into custody in connection to the homicide case. “He was working as a driver and he was removed from the work, probably seven to 10 days earlier,” he instructed the media.
Prathima’s former driver, recognized as Kiran, has confessed to his crime, sources instructed NDTV. He was an on-contract authorities worker for the previous 5 years. After the division requested him to go away, his telephone was switched off.
In line with the police, Kiran had visited Prathima’s residence to plead that he be employed again. An official near the investigation instructed News18 that the driving force had monetary troubles, his spouse was pregnant, and he was determined to get his job again.
Cops additionally stated that Kiran was concerned in an accident two months in the past. There was suspicion that he was leaking details about impending raids by Prathima’s division towards unlawful mining actions, News18 studies.
The motive force was reportedly ready for Prathima to return house on Saturday. He confronted her at her flat after which strangled her in a match of rage. He then took a knife from the kitchen to make it appear to be a theft try gone incorrect.
Kiran then fled to Chamarajanagar, which is round 200 km from Bengaluru, the NDTV report says.
Karnataka chief minister Ok Siddaramaiah has vowed justice for the murdered lady.
With inputs from businesses