According to the police, Shekar alias Shekarappa, 38, an electrician who lived in Kuvempunagar, allegedly slit the throat of Navaneetha, 35, and smothered to death her son Srujan, 8, at their house in the Rabindranath Gudde area under Bagalagunte police limits.After the murders, he turned on the gas stove, locked the house from outside and fled the scene, they said.
Navaneetha worked in a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm and was staying separated from her husband Chandru. The police said that the neighbours spotted the bodies and alerted them.
“The neighbours suspected a cylinder leak and tried to alert Navaneetha. But when she did not respond, they opened the window and saw the bodies of the mother and son. They immediately broke open the door,” said an officer.
The police said that Navaneetha befriended Shekarappa after she got separated from Chandru and the two were in a relationship. “However, Shekarappa came to know that she had recently got into a relationship with another person and often picked up fights with Navaneetha over the matter,” said an officer. Initially, the police had taken Chandru to custody but later found that he did not have any role in the murders.