A 64- year-old, home alone woman, the estranged wife of a retired chartered accountant was found murdered at her residence in Jayanagar in South Bangalore on Thursday. The murder is suspected to have occurred four or five days earlier.
The deceased woman Prathima Narasimhamurthy is suspected to have died due to head injuries. She was hit on her head with a blunt object or her head was struck on a wall, police said. Prathima was staying alone in the house for over 10 years after her husband Narasimhamurthy and two children — a daughter and a son — moved out of the house due to some alleged disputes.
The incident came to light around 1.30 pm on Thursday when the victim’s daughter Bhavana came to check on her after Prathima failed to respond to calls since Sunday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) HS Revanna said. The daughter found the house locked from the outside and suspected something to be amiss. She informed her brother Naveen and father Narasimhamurthy. They entered the house subsequently using a duplicate key and found Prathima lying dead in the bedroom of the house.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that Prathima was living alone in the house and her children would call her once in a while. On Sunday, the victim’s daughter Bhavana called her mother and the phone call went unanswered. Later her son also attempted to reach her but failed. The victim’s children assumed that Prathima might have gone on a pilgrimage as she some times did. They grew worried on Thursday when she was still not answering phone calls, police said. The daughter Bhavana decided to check on her mother leading to the discovery of her dead body at the house.
The Jayanagar police said that the victim used to rent out rooms in her house on a daily basis for Rs1,000 to Rs 3000 per night. Investigations are looking recent lodgers at the house. The police have collected the telephone call details of the victim in an attempt to zero in on the suspects in the case. “We have some definite clues,” DCP Revanna said. The Jayanagar police have taken up a case of murder.