Pune techie's murder: Victim's father says suspect was harassing her from Bangalore to here
Father of slain techie Antara Das, says he got to know about a boy who’d been harassing his ‘intelligent and brave’ daughter only after she was killed; the manhunt for the accused is on
Antara Das and her father Debananda
In a murder reminiscent of the chilling daylight killing of 24-year-old Infosys techie S Swathi, Antara Das (23), a software engineer was stabbed to death with a sharp weapon outside her office in Pune on Friday. Her father Debanand Das says he only found out about the stalker after she died.
Debananda Das, father of slain Pune techie Antara Das, says he got to know about a boy who’d been harassing his ‘intelligent and brave’ daughter only after she was killed.
Antara Das was a software engineer working for Capgemini in Pune. She was barely 500 metres away from her office at 8.30pm on Friday, when she was attacked with a sharp weapon by a man dressed in a ‘blue and black t-shirt’, according to an eyewitness. Das hails from Behala in West Bengal.
The boy from her class
“Later, Sanchari Das, her colleague and roommate also told me about this boy who’d been harassing Antara a lot. Had I known earlier, such an incident could have been averted,” the father added.
Lying on the footpath
Antara was taken to the hospital after Satyendra Sinha, an eyewitness, spotted her lying on a footpath. Her attacker had fled from the spot. “I was on my way home from work around 8.30 pm when I heard a girl yelling while she was fighting with a boy. I parked my vehicle to help her but found her lying on the footpath. I thought she’d either fallen down or been pushed forcefully. I immediately called out to passers by for help. Just then, a car stopped and I took her to the hospital. As it was dark, I couldn’t see the boy, but he was wearing a black and blue stripped t-shirt,” said Sinha. Antara was taken to the Dhanashree Hospital, where she was declared dead on arrival. After this, Sinha immediately went to the Dehu road police station.
BB Mujawar, deputy superintendent of police said, “ The girl used to travel in the office vehicle but on Friday, she preferred leaving on her own, as mentioned in the office records. After the murder, her bag and belongings were safe.”
Jay Jadhav, Pune’s rural superintendent of police said, “As per the post mortem report, the death is due to stab injuries on her neck and forehead. As per her parent’s statement the murder could be because of the fallout of a one-sided love affair. We are probing on similar lines and other aspect took. A robbery angle was ruled out as the valuables she was carrying were not missing.”
An official statement by the spokesperson of Capegemini said, “We are shocked and saddened to learn about the tragic death of our employee. We stand with the family in this hour of loss and are extending all possible support to the investigating authorities.”
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