Sacked ‘7-10 days earlier’, former driver of senior Karnataka geologist arrested for ‘murder’

New Delhi: The Karnataka Police Monday arrested a driver for the murder of a senior state geologist who was stabbed in her Bengaluru home two days ago.

The state government employee, Prathima K.S., was the deputy director in the mines and geology department, Karnataka.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner B. Dayanand told NDTV Monday that one suspect, Kiran, had been taken into custody. “He was working as a driver and was removed from his position, probably seven to 10 days earlier,” Dayanand said.

Kiran, an on-contract government employee for five years, fled to Chamarajanagar — around 200 km from Bengaluru — after allegedly stabbing Prathima Saturday evening.

NDTV quoted sources as saying that Kiran had confessed to the murder and that he killed the officer because she had sacked him, they said.

Saturday evening, the 45-year-old officer was dropped home from work by her new driver at around 8 pm, the police reportedly said. Her husband and son were away in Thirthahalli, Shivamogga, that day.

Prathima’s elder brother found her lifeless body at around 8.30 am Sunday after his calls to her went unanswered from the evening before, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rahul Kumar Shahapurwad told news agency PTI.

Three teams have been formed to probe the killing, with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah promising a thorough investigation.

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