Pune: A security guard was arrested for allegedly killing a 24-year-old woman IT professional working at software major Infosys at the company's Hinjewadi campus here, police said on Monday.
K. Rasila Raju was found dead in a conference room on the 9th floor of the Infosys building in Phase II of Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park last evening. The systems engineer, who hailed from Payimbra in Kozhikode district of Kerala, had allegedly been strangulated with a computer cable.
Rasila's father Raju works as a home guard in Kunnamangalam police station in Kozhikode.
Hours after the murder, Pune police took the suspect into custody. Bhaben Saikia, 26, who is suspected to have committed the crime, was nabbed from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai while he was trying to escape to his native place in Assam.
A local court remanded the accused, a security guard from Terrier Security Services deployed at the campus, in police custody till February 4.
Cold-blooded murder inside office
An officer from Hinjewadi police station said Saikia, hailing from Assam, told police during questioning that on Saturday, Rasila had chided him for staring at her, and threatened to complain.
The police have got evidence that Saikia entered the office where Rasila Raju was working.
"Rasila came to the office at 2 pm on Sunday and was working in a section on the ninth floor while her two teammates were working online (with her) from Bangalore," said deputy commissioner of police Ganesh Shinde at a press conference on Monday.
The accused entered the section on the pretext of noting down serial numbers of some computers. "He then asked her not to complain against him for his actions, however, she refused," Shinde said.
Rasila then went into the conference room. Saikia followed her, and strangled her using a computer cable and then kicked her in the face, the DCP said.
"The accused stayed on the company premises till his duty ended and later fled to Mumbai from where he was planning to board an Assam-bound train," the officer added.
"From the CCTV footage of the section, we found that there was nobody there except the accused. We started tracing his location and formed six teams to nab him," said the DCP.
ACP Vaishali Jadhav-Mane had told PTI last night that the murder came to light when Rasila's superior could not reach her on phone.
"Her manager was trying to call her, but there was no response. He then called and asked a security guard to go and check. She was found lying on the floor of conference room with computer cable around her neck and blood all over her face," the officer said.
"The incident might have taken place around 5 pm but we received a call around 8 pm. Rasila Raju was employed as a software engineer by the firm," Vaishali Jadhav said.
She said though it was Sunday, Rasila was working while her two teammates were online in Bengaluru.
It is not known whether the suspect Saikia was the one who informed Rasila's colleagues about her death after committing the murder.
Police said Saikia was deployed at Infosys for the last six months and before that worked with some other firm.
"Prima-facie we have learned that the mandatory police verification had been done in Saikia's case by the security agency," DCP Shinde said.
The fact that Rasila was murdered while she was working in a secure zone in her office has sent shock waves among the techie community.
Pune has witnessed shocking crimes, where techies are culprits and accused, in the past as well.
Last December, a 23-year-old woman techie from West Bengal, who was working with an IT firm in Pune, was allegedly hacked to death on the outskirts of the city. Antara Das was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon in the night when she was returning home from work near Tathwade area then.