Geologist murder case: Bengaluru police detain former cab driver of senior geologist Prathima
PTC Web Desk: The Bengaluru police have detained a cab driver in connection with the murder of a senior geologist employed in the Department of Mines and Geology. He previously worked as the victim's driver, but was recently terminated from the job.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayananda said, "We have detained one person in connection with the case. Interrogation is underway. The detained person was her driver and was fired from the job recently. More information will be available after questioning."
The victim, identified as Prathima KS (43), a resident of Kuvempu Nagar in Doddakallasandra, which falls under the Subramanyapura police jurisdiction, was found dead in her home on Sunday morning with signs of strangulation and throat slitting, according to preliminary police findings.
There is suspicion that the perpetrators may have had knowledge of the victim's routine, as her current driver had dropped her off at home at 8 pm on Saturday. This has raised concerns about the attackers' familiarity with her daily activities.
Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya described the incident as a "shocker to the whole state" and attributed it to suspected elements of the mining mafia. He criticised the Karnataka Government, alleging a decline in the state's law and order.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed his condolences to the victim's family and announced an inquiry into the incident, adding, "We will inquire into it. It seems that she was staying alone in Bengaluru while her husband was in his native village. The reason is not yet known; we will inquire into it."
- With inputs from agencies