Dell employee murder case `cracked`, says police

The mystery behind the recent murder of an employee of an IT major in the city has been uncovered after a family acquaintance of the victim confessed to the crime, police said here on Saturday.

Updated: Dec 25, 2010, 18:26 PM IST

Bangalore: The mystery behind the recent
murder of an employee of an IT major in the city has been
uncovered after a family acquaintance of the victim confessed
to the crime, police said here on Saturday.

Payal Surekha (29) of Assam, a technical associate
with Dell Corporation, was found dead on December 17 with her
throat slit at her residence when her husband Anand Narain
Mishra was on a visit to Cuttack.
Chowdhury James Kumar Roy (28), arrested from
Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh on December 22, has confessed to
the crime and has been remanded to police custody by a local
court till January 5, Bangalore City Police Commissioner
Shankar Bidari told reporters here.

"The murder is an act of revenge due to ill-treatment
and humiliation caused by the victim and termination of Roy as
business partner (from a gym the couple and Roy were running
together)," Bidari said and ruled out any sexual attack on the
victim.

The accused had murdered Payal at an apartment in J P
Nagar area by slitting her throat and stabbing her several
times and managed to flee to Vijayawada, he said.

Roy, who had been trained as a gymnasium instructor
and worked with Mishra, later partnered with Mishra`s family
in Cuttack to run a gym, Bidari said.
"However, Roy was sacked on charges of embezzlement of
funds in the firm after being given a cash compensation of Rs
75,000," he added.

The knife used in the murder and laptop belonging to
Payal, which Roy had taken away and damaged has been
recovered, Bidari said.

PTI