Bengaluru: In a shameful incident, three youths in their 20s, including the grandson of an elderly couple who was murdered, were arrested on Wednesday. Barely 12 hours after the murder came to light on Tuesday, the police narrowed down on Pramod (22), who is the grandson of the slain couple and lived next door to them, and his friends Praveen (20) and Hassain Pasha (20).
The bodies of Saroja K. (60) and her husband Govindan (65), a retired employee of BEL, were found at their home in Ashwathnagar, Marathahalli. The trio who all have cases of theft or assault against them had conspired to loot the elderly coupled. Gold jewellery of around 220 gm and Rs 50,000 in cash were stolen, which was eventually recovered from the houses of the accused.
Pramod was picked up by the police on Wednesday morning and he confessed to have planned the murder of his grandparents.
Around 3 p.m., on Sunday (November 26), Pramod and his friends entered the house through the back door. There was no sign of forced entry, and the police said Saroja may have willingly let them into their home Pasha bludgeoned her with a club, and overpowered Govindan when he came out. They tied the couple and stabbed them to death.
After the murder, the trio returned on Monday and Tuesday in the hope of setting the place on fire and destroying evidence. The accumulating gas is what alerted neighbours. Meanwhile, the police are also questioning Usha, Pramod’s mother, who works as a nurse and lives right next to her parent’s house.
The elderly couple have three children. After the death of her husband, Usha moved close to her parents. Their elder son passed away recently and the younger son is deaf and mute.