Infosys techie kills wife, hangs self in BangaloreMarch 23rd, 2008 - 11:27 pm ICT by admin
Bangalore, March 23 (IANS) Amit Budhiraj, a 30-year-old software engineer from Delhi working for IT major Infosys Technologies, killed his 28-year-old chartered accountant wife Rinku Sachdev in their home here and later hanged himself Saturday night, the police said Sunday. A police officer investigating the crime told IANS that in a suicide note found in their two-bedroom rented flat in upscale Koramangala area, Budhiraj confessed to have strangled Rinku to death for “having an affair with her colleague” and wrote he was ending his life too.
“Amit doubted that his wife was having an affair with one of her colleagues. He also heard her talking to the colleague on mobile phone a number of times Saturday, which was a festival day - Holi,” inspector G. Nagaraj of the Koramangala police station said.
“Following a heated argument and a scuffle between the couple, Amit suffocated Rinku to death using a pillow,” Nagaraj added.
The police declined to name Rinku’s colleague as investigations were in progress.
Rinku was employed with multinational bank Stanchart as an executive in the city.
The police have registered a case of “clear-cut murder” against Amit under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and a case of unnatural death against Rinku under section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code.
The couple’s bodies were shifted to St John’s Hospital in the city for post-mortem examination.
An Infosys spokesperson declined to comment on the incident involving the company’s senior employee, saying “It was a personal matter.”
Amit, who was working with India’s second largest IT bellwether over the past nine years, married Rinku two years ago. The couple was staying in a rented house, located in the city’s posh suburb of Koramangala.
“After the arranged marriage in Delhi, Rinku, who hails from Mumbai, shifted to Bangalore to live with Amit. Their parents have been informed about the tragic incident. They are reaching here Monday,” Nagaraj said.
The incident came to light Sunday afternoon when Rinku’s friend in the neighbourhood, Urmila, tried to contact her on her mobile.
“Rinku and Urmila had planned to see a movie together at Inox in downtown Bangalore Sunday afternoon. When Urmila did not get any response from Rinku’s mobile, she went to the her house to meet her in person,” Nagaraj said.
“With the help of a duplicate key from the landlord, Urmila entered the couple’s house on ground floor and to her shock found Amit hanging from a ceiling fan and Rinku’s body on the cot in their bedroom,” Nagaraj recalled.
According to colleagues, Amit was known to be a gentleman and maintained good relations with everyone at Infosys.