Bangalore, Feb. 12: Two men from Assam are in judicial custody in the city for allegedly murdering a corporate lawyer in an extortion operation gone wrong.
Police zeroed in on Rupam Bora, 24, and Sanjay Hazarika, 21, security guards at a posh residential complex in Whitefield here, for allegedly bludgeoning a well-known corporate lawyer to death. They hail from Golaghat district.
Amardeep Kainth, 53, was found dead in his flat on February 7 under mysterious circumstances.
As the apartment complex was well secured and there were no indications of any forced entry in the second floor flat of Kainth, the police concluded that the victim knew the assailants.
The spotlight fell on the two security guards when they failed to report for work the following day and stayed incommunicado.
Based on the premise that they might have taken the 11pm Bangalore-Guwahati Express home, a police team was flown to Calcutta. Both the accused were surprisingly on the train that arrived at Howrah on February 9.
They were detained with the help of Calcutta police and then brought to Bangalore today, placed under arrest and produced before a court. They were remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.
City police commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji said: “The two men have confessed to the crime after denying initially.”
From their confessions, it was Bora who plotted the extortion plan to make a quick buck and leave the city.
“They were under the impression that the advocate was a rich man since he travelled often and lived in style,” said Krishna Bhat, deputy commissioner of police.
According to their confession, an unsuspecting Kainth answered the doorbell to find Bora and Hazarika. He seemed to have allowed them 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. Bora was in for a surprise when Kainth, said to be a very fit man, overpowered him.
His friend Hazarika though took a bronze Buddha statue in the living room and bludgeoned Kainth, whose skull cracked. The two men then made sure that the man 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 collected from the colleagues of the lawyer.
A native of Himachal Pradesh, Kainth operated out of the city but lived alone. Married to a German national, who along with their two daughters lives in Hamburg, Germany, Kainth has been living in the city for nearly 25 years.