The sensational triple murder case of a family here has been solved with the arrest of three persons including the driver of the victim and recovery of gold ornaments and other valuables from their possession, police said today.
City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari told reporters the main accused Lokesh (24) and his two accomplices, Murali (20) and Bhaskar alias Raja (35) were nabbed yesterday and gold ornaments worth Rs 2.5 lakh, cash Rs 11,000 and four mobile phones recovered from them.
The gang had allegedly murdered interior decorator Rahul Das (45), his wife Pushpa Latha (40) and daughter Agneesha (9) on Oct 20.
Bidari said Lokesh, who had worked as a driver cum office boy with Das six months ago, had hatched the murder plan and on the fateful day the trio gained entry into the house when Das was alone.
Pushpa Latha had taken their daughter for tuitions. When Das asked Lokesh about the identity of the two persons he was told that they would help supervise land which he had bought in Sagar in Shimoga district, police said.
They then throttled him unconscious, took him to the bathroom, tied his hands to water pipes and immersed his head in a bucket of water. Das succumbed to drowning, Bidari said.
Meanwhile, Pushpa Latha returned home with Agneesha and asked them what they were doing there. The trio forced them into the bedroom, smothered them to death with pillows and dumped the bodies in the bathtub.
They decamped with the mobiles after locking the house from outside and throwing the keys into a nearby water tank, he said.
Bidari said a hunt was on for two more persons, who are suspected to have a hand in the murders