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They used bedspread, scarf to kill daughter, her child

M.T. Shiva Kumar

Mother, grandfather nabbed in ‘honour killing' case



Gowramma

Bangalore: The Ramanagaram police, on Thursday night, nabbed two prime accused in last month's suspected honour killing at Thamasandra village in Kanakapura near here.

The arrested are Gowramma (55) and Mooge Gowda (77), mother and grandfather of K.R. Deepika.

The 20-year-old was done to death along with her four-month-old son, allegedly by her family, for marrying her neighbour Venkatesh, who belongs to another caste.

Others absconding

Four other accused, including Deepika's father Ramakrishnaiah, uncle K.V. Venkatesh (a teacher at the Rural High School in Harohalli), aunt Padma, and another uncle, Channabeere Gowda (a police head constable attached to the Chickpet police station in Bangalore), are still at large.

The accused, after the cremating the bodies, fled the village and were said to be holed up in Chennai. The police, who were tipped off that Gowramma and Mooge Gowda had sneaked back to the city by bus on Thursday night, arrested them.

They have confessed, the police said.

“Gowramma hatched the double-murder plot and executed it with the help of the other five,” T. Siddappa, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Channapatna subdivision), The Hindu.

Row before murders

Deepika was invited home on false pretext, and on February 26 midnight the mother and daughter had a row which ended in Gowramma assaulting Deepika.

A little later, the mother, with her father-in-law Mooge Gowda, smothered Deepika to death with a bed sheet. Thereafter, she killed the infant using a scarf, said Mr. Siddappa, the investigating officer of the case.

Within hours of the cold-blooded murders, the bodies were cremated without the customary rituals.

The police recovered a mobile phone and recorded the statements of Gowramma and Mooge Gowda, who were produced in a city court in Ramanagaram district on Friday.

They have been remanded in judicial custody for two days.

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