Bangalore, Oct. 11: Karnataka police have arrested a man who was out on bail in a case of attempted murder for Monday morning's fatal knife assault on a software engineer in what has turned out to be an incident of alleged road rage.
Police sources said Karthik and another man chased and knifed Pranay Mishra, the 28-year-old techie from Bhubaneswar who was found dead with multiple stab wounds on a Bangalore road, after his scooter had apparently nicked their motorbike.
Pranay, who worked for Accenture in Bangalore, was on his way to meet his girlfriend when he was attacked around 2.30am on Monday.
The case pertains to road rage, deputy commissioner of police (south-east) M.B. Boralingaiah said today.
Karthik, 24, was picked up yesterday but not before police had to shoot him in the leg to subdue him. Arun, the other man who was also out on bail, managed to escape.
Karthik has claimed that Pranay sped away when he and Arun asked him for Rs 500 for repairing the damage to their bike.
Boralingaiah said Karthik was out on bail in a case of attempted murder and also had a number of burglary cases against him.
Police officials said they identified the killers, both local residents, with the help of footage from security cameras on a mobile phone tower. Their mobile phone signals also helped police establish they were indeed at the scene of the crime.
A team of policemen hunted down the alleged killers to Parappana Agrahara near the Bangalore central jail. When confronted, the two men attacked the team with a knife and stones. The police then opened fire, hitting Karthik in the leg, while Arun managed to flee.
The police have slapped murder charges on Karthik and Arun. Sources said the three special teams formed to crack the case were searching for Arun.
Pranay had returned from a party at a friend's place when he called his girlfriend around 2.30am to tell her he would visit her at her home, just a short drive away. When he didn't turn up, his girlfriend tried to reach him on the phone. That was when passers-by, who had spotted Pranay lying on the road, answered the call.
The techie had three stab injuries in his abdomen and one in the neck.