Bangalore, Feb. 12: Two security guards accused of murdering a corporate lawyer after an extortion bid went wrong have been sent to 15 days’ judicial custody.
Police narrowed down on Rupam Bora and Sanjay Hazarika, security guards at a posh residential complex in Whitefield, for the February 7 murder of Amardeep Kainth after they failed to report for work the next day and even remained incommunicado.
Also, the complex where 53-year-old Kainth lived was well secured and there were no signs of forced entry at the second-floor flat, forcing the police to conclude that the victim knew his assailants.
The police, suspecting that the duo who belong to Assam’s Golaghat district might have left for home and taken the 11pm Bangalore-Guwahati Express, sent a team to Calcutta. Both the accused were in the train that arrived at Howrah on February 9.
The Bangalore police detained the duo with the help of Calcutta police and brought them to the city today, where they were placed under arrest and produced before a court, which sent them to 15 days’ judicial custody.
City police commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji said: “The two men have confessed to the crime after denying it initially.”
According to the confession, Bora had plotted the extortion to make quick bucks and leave the city.
Deputy police commissioner Krishna Bhat said: “They were under the impression that the advocate was a rich man since he travelled often and lived in style.”
As per the confession, an unsuspecting Kainth had answered the doorbell on February 7 and allowed Bora, 24, and Hazarika, 21, in since he knew them.
But when Bora whipped out a knife and demanded Rs 5 lakh, Kainth said there was no money in the house. Kainth then overpowered Bora to his surprise following which Hazarika took a bronze Buddha statue and bludgeoned Kainth, splitting his skull.
The two men then made sure that the advocate was dead before leaving the flat and heading to the railway station.
“All they managed to get was Rs 1,100 since Kainth was not a man who carried cash on him,” said Bhat, referring to information the police had collected from the lawyer’s colleagues.
Kainth, a native of Himachal Pradesh, had been living alone in the city for nearly 25 years. His German wife lives with their two daughters in Hamburg.