Phone records helped police crack murder case of DPS teacher
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 14, 2010, 19:00
  
Bangalore: It was technology and circumstantial evidence that aided the city police in cracking the murder of a 30-year-old DPS teacher by her husband, an Infosys employee.

"It was a call made from cell phone and circumstantial evidence that made the police zero in on Satish Kumar Gupta, the human resource manager, who brutally killed his wife Priyanka," a police official told agency today.

32-year-old Gupta, arrested last night, had strangulated his wife and finding that there was still some life left in her slit her throat on August 10. He had confessed to the crime after the arrest, police said.

Priyanka was found murdered at her Venkateshwara Layout residence on Bannerghatta Road on Tuesday. The couple were married three years ago and did not have children.

In his complaint, Gupta had stated that he received a call from his wife on his cellphone at 5.43 am on August 10, three minutes after he left for his jog with his friend Kishen that two strangers posing as newspaper vendors asked about delivering newspapers but he told her to send them back as he had not approached anybody.

"This was the first lie as we found out through the mobile tower location records that both Satish and Priyanka's cellphones were in the same location," police said.

Subsequent verification revealed Satish had also received one more call -- from the phone of Kishen, a close friend and jogging partner of Gupta.

When police interrogated Kishen he said he had called Gupta around 5.20 am to inform that he could not come for the jog as he had to take his mother for a yoga session but the latter insisted saying they could start early and disperse early to which Kishen acceded and joined Satish.

After murdering his wife, Gupta had made a call to his own phone using her mobile. After this, he received a call from Kishen.

During the course of their jogging, Satish had pretended to receive his wife's call informing him about the newspaper vendors and replied aloud in the hope that he could use Kishen as an alibi to prove his innocence, but the call records brought out the truth.

The other clues that gave Gupta away was going for a jog in his leather shoes instead of sports shoes and carrying his Infoysys identity card and punching the card while going for jogging.

"When we posed these questions to him, he was flustered and was not able to answer," they said.

Police also found a pair of blood stained sports shoes near Priyanka's body.

Besides, the fact that Gupta neither made an effort to break the window nor alerted the police or the neighbours when he found his house door locked and did not get any response made the police smell rat.

"Marital discord and personal differences could be the motive behind the murder. However, the actual motive is still to be investigated," they said.

Gupta was produced at a local court and remanded to eight days police custody.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, August 14, 2010, 19:00


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