Two 17-year-olds have been arrested by the Bangalore police for the murder of their friend a 33-year-old software engineer from Kerala. The two youths who hailed from Uttar Pradesh allegedly murdered the techie over a financial dispute in East Bangalore on November 5. The victim Prajeeth Anand was a software engineer with TCS in Bangalore. He was found lying dead by the side of a road around three km from his house after he had stepped out of his home to meet his friends on November 5. Police had suspected the role of the youths one of whom was the techie’s neighbour since they found him to be missing from his home following the murder. A search had been launched for the youths and the police tracked them down to Gorakhpur in UP last week.
The police investigation has revealed that four persons including a neighbor of the techie killed him because he had been demanding the return of money he had spent on them. The main accused in the case the police said is a 17-year-old neighbor of the software engineer. The youth had become a good friend of the techie and had borrowed Rs 35,000 in cash from him. He had also gone with Prajeeth Anand on tours along with his friends where the costs of the trip were borne by the techie. According to the police Prajeeth Anand began pestering the youths to repay him for the expenses incurred on their tours and the money one of them had borrowed. He also allegedly threatened to tell the parents of the youths about the matter. The youths allegedly plotted the murder as a result.
According to the police the youths called Prajeeth Anand out of his house around 8.30 PM on the night of November 5 and murdered him by slitting his throat with a knife. During investigations police found that the techie had received a phone call from one of the youths before he stepped out of his house. The investigations lead the police to the trail of four youths including two pre-university students. Police said that two of the youths linked to the murder were still at large.