Bengaluru, March 3: Bengaluru Police on Monday, March 2 arrested a young software engineer who killed his friend's wife in the upscale eastern suburb of the tech city.
The accused has been identified as 32-year-old Basudev Jena and the victim -- Prachi was the wife of his Debashish, an employee of Wipro.
Both Jena and Debashish used to stay in a same flat until Debashish got married to Prachi 7-8 months back.
According to police sources Jena went to Debashish's house to borrow Rs 25,000 from Prachi who was alone at home at that time.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (East) N Sathish Kumar were quoted as saying, "When she said she did not have so much money to lend, he tried to snatch her gold chain. Panicked by his attempt, she screamed, that led him to slit her throat with a kitchen knife to silence her and rush out to escape."
Hearing Prachi's loud scream, the landlady of the house rushed to upstairs. The police said, "as the landlady went up, the accused ran down the stairs with blood stains on his hands and shirt."
"As he attempted to run away from the place, passers-by pounced on him and nabbed him, after hearing the landlady shouting to catch him. They handed him to a police patrolling team," Mr Kumar added.
A murder case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Jena has been registered. Jena hails from Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
Speaking about initial interrogation, police said, "Jena admitted to have slit the woman's throat in panic and to silence her as she was screaming in the kitchen. He said he was working as a software engineer."
Incidentally, Jena borrowed Rs 25,000 recently from Debashish, who works as a senior manager at software major Wipro in this tech hub.
According to sources, Jena is said to have accumulated debts to the tune of Rs 1 crore after he returned from the US where he was working on IT projects for seven years.