Update (Bengaluru police have solve the brutal murder):
Bengaluru police have solved the murder of Jyothi Kumari (27-year-old) who was killed by a BMTC bus conductor B Madhu. The accused was arrested on Monday from Madikeri, after committing the murder he went to Mysore road and then took a bus to Madikeri. Police said that Madhu had decided to commit suicide but was arrested before that.
The story behind the murder dates back a few years when Madhu and Jyothi were in love during their college days, Jyothi however got married later to a relative in 2010 which left Madhu upset. He stopped stalking and harassing Jyothi after he marriage. Jyothi’s marriage lasted for only two years as she was more focused on her career. Madhu got in touch with Jyothi and started stalking her again under the pretext of giving her ‘new life’ by marrying her, but Jyothi was against marriage and refused to marry again. Madhu in an attempt to convince her tried all possible ways but nothing worked. It is learnt that Madhu had helped Jyothi with the hostel and a scooter, finally Madhu lost his cool and assaulted Jyothi at her hostel.
According to police in a statement to Bangalore Mirror, the plan was hatched around 20 days back. And Madhu sought help of his college friend Shivaramaiah. He purchased a pocket knife and kept a tab on Jyothi’s movements. Shivaramaiah also holds a criminal record and was arrested two years back for abetting the suicide of his wife. After finishing his sentence Shivaramaiah came to Bengaluru and started working as a cab driver. Shivaramiah was arrested on Saturday soon after Jyothi’s murder. Police said that further investigations are on.
A brutal murder in Bengaluru has become the talk of the town raising question on incidents involving stalking. A young advocate identified as Jyothi Kumari was murdered by a BMTC bus conductor (B Madhu). Her crime: She was not interested in the advances done by Madhu. Joythi’s uncle told Bangalore Mirror (The article was first published here) that Madhu was harassing Jyothi when she was a law student four years ago and was warned by him to stay away from her.
“Madhu [a native of Thorebekuppe] used to harass my niece and follow her to college. He would keep calling her on the landline too. When things got out of hand, Jyothi sought my intervention. I called him and warned him to stay away. He would come to Kanakapura and wait for her to come to college. But after he was warned, there was no news from him,” (sic).
Madhu wanted to marry Jyothi but was turned down, Saturday evening when she got down from a bus and was walking towards her office, Madhu attacked her, slit her throat with a knife which led to her death.
One of Joythi’s colleague told the local media that Joythi never discussed personal issues at office and they had no idea if she was still being stalked or harassed by Madhu.