Bengaluru man stabbed landlady 91 times, robbed jewellery to repay debts: police

Updated on Jul 26, 2022 03:42 AM IST

The post-mortem of the victim revealed that she was stabbed 91 times by the suspect, who was arrested on Sunday, police said. The accused was her second-floor tenant, Jai Kishan, who worked as a marketing officer at a software company, they added.

The Bengaluru police arrested a 29-year-old private firm employee for murdering his landlady inside her home, police said on Monday. (Agencies/Representative use)
The Bengaluru police arrested a 29-year-old private firm employee for murdering his landlady inside her home, police said on Monday. (Agencies/Representative use)
By, Bengaluru

The Bengaluru police arrested a 29-year-old private firm employee for murdering his landlady inside her home, police said on Monday.

Police said, the victim, Yasodamma, 75, was found dead on the ground floor of her house in Vinayaka Nagar, South Bengaluru on July 2.

The post-mortem of the victim revealed that she was stabbed 91 times by the suspect, who was arrested on Sunday, police said. The accused was her second-floor tenant, Jai Kishan, who worked as a marketing officer at a software company, they added.

According to senior police officials, since the crime scene was contaminated and there was not enough electronic evidence in the case, the police teams investigating the case were not able to make a breakthrough earlier.

After a series of investigations and interrogation of over 100 people related to the case, a set of unusual financial transactions by Jai Kishan gave the investigators a breakthrough, senior officials said. However, in the initial days of the probe, Jai Kishan was not even on the list of suspects.

Another senior police officer said that it was Kishan who informed the family about the murder and helped them with the funeral, to evade suspicion. On July 2, around 9.30 pm, he called up Yasodamma’s son Raju, who lives in Banashankari. “He told the son that Yasodamma was found lying in a pool of blood and asked him to come immediately. Meanwhile, Nataraj, another tenant, called an ambulance and Yasodamma was taken to Prashant Hospital where doctors said she was dead,” the police officer said.

Since the jewellery she was wearing was missing, police suspected it was a murder for gain. A few weeks later, police learnt that Jai Kishan had repaid some loans amounting to 4 lakh to various people since the murder. Based on suspicion, he was taken in for questioning. “During the interrogation, he confessed that he had murdered her and stolen the ornaments as well,” police said.

He told the police that he had invested money in the stock market and suffered heavy losses. To repay the debts he had taken for these investments, he had taken more loans. He had also taken 50,000 from Yasodamma.

On July 1 and 2, she even had an argument with Kishan about the money. The argument went too far, and Kishan in a fit of rage murdered her, said the officer. “He was in a financial crisis as many of them had begun demanding their money back. Even though he murdered her in a fit of rage, he took her jewellery with the purpose of selling them,” the officer added.

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    Arun Dev is an Assistant Editor with the Karnataka bureau of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over 10 years, he has written extensively on crime and politics.

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