Death from epilepsy turns out to be a crime of passion
A death attributed to epilepsy turned out to be a crime of passion.
Raghavendra N, a resident of Karenahalli, Doddaballapur, is believed to have originally died in a seizure at around 2:15 a.m. on December 27, 2021.
No one doubted his wife, Shylaja, 30, when she said he suffered a head injury after suddenly collapsing in a seizure. The family went ahead and performed their last rites.
But the truth began to unfold two days later when Raghavendra’s father Nanjundappa asked his 10-year-old grandson to tell him what exactly happened that night. The boy said he saw a friend of his mother’s in their house at the time.
Raghavendra’s brother, Chandrashekar, suspected that something was wrong and went to the loom factory where the deceased worked. The factory is located very close to Raghavendra’s house.
CCTV footage from the factory showed a man entering the house at around 10:45 p.m. on December 26. Convinced that there was a man in the house at the time of his brother’s death, Chandrashekar surrendered to the police on December 31 and filed a murder complaint against Shylaja.
Police arrested Shylaja for questioning and she confessed. But what really surprised police was the revelation that Shylaja’s mother, Lakshmidevamma, 50, was also involved in the murder. The main culprits were Shylaja and her lover, Hanumantha. He was the one the boy had seen that night.
Raghavendra and Shylaja got married 12 years ago. Besides the son, they also have a daughter.
Shylaja, from Andhra Pradesh, worked in a garment factory where she met Hanumantha and got closer to him. Raghavendra got wind of the matter and fought often with his wife over it.
Shylaja and Hanumantha decided to get rid of Raghavendra and enlisted the help of Lakshmidevamma, who didn’t really like her son-in-law.
What the boy saw
According to the boy, he was woken up by a noise in the middle of the night.
He saw his grandmother (Lakshmidevamma) pinning the legs of his father (Raghhavendra) while his mother (Shylaja) sat on his back. Hanumantha did the main job of hitting Raghavendra with a rolling pin until his death.
When the frightened boy asked his father what they were doing, Hanumantha beat him and threatened to kill him if he told anyone about it.
The boy’s testimony, along with the location of Hanumantha’s cell phone and CCTV footage, helped unmask the truth.
The police arrested all three of them for murder and destroying evidence.
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