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Woman who was being stalked among 7 arrested for youth’s murder on Bengaluru street

According to the police, the 21-year-old had been stalking and harassing a married woman with whom he earlier had a relationship.

The youth was allegedly murdered in a fit of rage by Saroja and six of her relatives after an argument over his harassment, the police said.
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The Kempapura Agrahara police in the west division of Bengaluru on Tuesday arrested seven people, including three women, in connection with the murder of a 21-year-old youth who was found dead with his head smashed by stones, on Magadi Road last week, the police said. Among the women arrested is a married woman whom the youth had allegedly been stalking, the police added.

On December 4, the police had taken up a suo motu case after the body of the unidentified youth was found by a patrol vehicle on the night of December 3. The police eventually identified the dead youth as Manjunath Balappa Jamkhandi, a youth from Karnataka’s Bagalkot region who had arrived in Bengaluru on the day he was killed. The police identified Jamkhandi after finding a cell phone he had left behind for charging at a local store near the site of the murder.

According to the police, investigations revealed that Jamkhandi had been stalking and harassing a married woman named Saroja with whom he earlier had a relationship. The police probe found that the woman moved to Bengaluru a week ago to escape Jamkhandi’s harassment and he tracked her down and arrived to meet her, a K P Agrahara police official said.

The youth was allegedly murdered in a fit of rage by Saroja and six of her relatives after an argument over his harassment, the police said. Saroja is a mother of three children and her husband works in Dubai, the police added. Jamkhandi was allegedly harassing her to live with him in Bagalkot.

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“The woman had moved to the city and obtained a house in the Magadi Road area a week ago. The victim tracked her down and continued to harass her after finding her location,” a police official said.

Saroja and her relatives Premavva, Akka Mahadevi, Manjunath, Kiran, Chanappa and Kashinath were arrested on Tuesday, the police said.

First published on: 07-12-2022 at 13:39 IST
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