A 70-year-old retired employee of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was hacked to death in his flat by a gang of four robbers, including security guards at his apartment block, in the Pai Layout in East Bangalore on Monday night. The retired DRDO official’s wife was also injured in the attack.
The DRDO official who was killed has been identified as Rajappa Pillai, 70, a resident of a first floor flat at the four storey Yurane apartment in the well known Pai Layout. Pillai was a retired DRDO administrative officer and his injured wife Usha, 60, is a home maker.
The murder-robbery occurred at around 12:45 AM on Tuesday when the elderly couple were alone at home. An alert police patrol managed to nab one of the alleged killers while he was fleeing the apartment, police said.
Rajappa and his wife were sleeping in their flat when the robbers knocked at their door at around 12.45 am. Rajappa reportedly opened the door seeing the apartment’s security guard Arun standing outside. When the door was opened the security guard and three others barged in and attacked Pillai with sharp weapons, police said. When Pillai’s wife woke up and heard her husband screaming she rushed to the living room but was attacked as well.
The gang subsequently entered the bedroom of the elderly couple and ransacked it taking away Rs 3 lakh in cash and gold jewels weighing 250 gram. Pillai’s wife Usha, meanwhile, managed to crawl to a balcony of the flat and began screaming for help alerting a police patrol unit.
“The miscreants broke open an almirah and fled with gold jewels weighing 250 grams and Rs 3 lakh in cash from the house. We managed to nab one, we are searching for the other three including the security guard,” an investigating officer said.
A part of the loot in the form of the Rs 3 lakh in cash was recovered when the police patrol team stopped one of the attackers after spotting him running away from the apartment block, police said.
Police sources said the main accused in the crime had been identified as Surendar Kadak of Nepal. Police said that the security guard Arun was planted in the apartment block as part of a prior plan to carry out a robbery. Kadak had formed a gang to execute the robbery plan, police said.
Rajappa is survived by his wife and two children – a son who is working in Saudi Arabia and a daughter who is married and living with her husband in Bangalore.