A male companion Sandeep, who lived-in with the 22-year-old woman, is now absconding and is the prime suspect in the case.

22-year-old woman found murdered at rented house in Mangaluru
news Crime Saturday, June 08, 2019 - 12:21

A banking aspirant was found strangulated to death at a rented accommodation in Mangaluru city on Friday. Mangaluru City Police said that a male companion who lived-in with the 22-year-old woman is now absconding and is the prime suspect in the case.

The victim was identified as Anjana Vasista. She was found dead with a TV cable cord wound around her neck in a rented house at Attavar in Mangaluru on Friday. "Upon the discovery of the victim's body, her head was found wedged in between the passage (headrest) of the cot," a police official from Pandeshwar said.

According to the police, the victim is an MSc graduate from SDM College in Ujire and she was in the city since June 2 to train at a coaching centre for a banking exam. "Anjana, along with another male identified as Sandeep, had rented a room at Attavar for a 'short-term' stay and the couple claimed they were married," the police officials said citing the landlord.

The landlord, Louis, told the police that briefly Anjana went to her hometown in Chikamagalur and had returned only on Friday morning.  The locals also have confirmed that they saw Anjana doing some household errands on the day of her death. However, later in the evening, a house help informed the landlord that the couple did not open the door for cleaning.

The landlord, who arrived the spot, repeatedly asked the inhabitants to open the door. Suspecting foul play they broke open the door and discovered her body. Meanwhile, police investigation also revealed that around Rs. 15,000 was withdrawn from Anjana’s account through debit card from two ATMs in the afternoon.

The Pandeshwar police are investigating the matter and have launched a search for the person who lived with Anjana, who is suspected to be the murderer. The FSL team, who were summoned to the crime scene collected samples of evidence.

The police have informed Anjana's father Manjunatha Y N, a resident of Tarikere near Chikkamagaluru and are on the lookout for Sandeep.

Story by Story Infinity (Subs and Scribes Media Ventures LLP.)

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