Elderly lady's murder at Manoor: Police arrest three, recover stolen gold

Silvester D'Souza
With Additional Pics by Umesh Marpalli
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi/Kundapur

Udupi/Kundapur, Aug 26: The police on Tuesday August 26 arrested three persons in connection to the murder of home-alone elderly lady Girijamma Urala (84) at Manoor and seized the gold they had stolen from her.

The arrested are identified as Manoor resident Nithin Achari (24), the prime accused, Praveen K V (25) of Kumbashi, and Sanketh Gudigar (17), of Vakwady. Brahmavar police arrested Nithin first, and based on information provided by him during interrogation, the other two accused were nabbed from Kumbashi.

Girijamma, wife of Radhakrishna Urala, a resident near Mahalingeshwara Temple, Manoor was murdered on the night of Wednesday August 20. The incident came to light the next day.

Late on Wednesday night, noticing that Girijamma was all alone in the house, prime accused Nithin, who was familiar with her, plotted to rob her. He contacted his friends Sanketh and Praveen and told them of his plan and described the entire scene of the victim's house to them. As per Nithin's plan, Praveen removed the tiles of the roof and gained entry into the house, and opened the front door to let Sanketh in.

Meanwhile, Girijamma woke up and began to scream on seeing the intruders. The accused Praveen then grabbed a piece of cloth and covering her face with it, he held on to her so that she could not move. Sanketh looted all the gold that was in the house. The accused strangled Girijamma to death and snatched away the gold earrings and chain she was wearing, causing wounds on her earlobes in the process. All the while, Nithin stayed outside the house and kept a watch and gave instructions to the other two, said the police.

Girijamma had been residing in the same house for the past 25 years, and all by herself after her husband's death. On Wednesday, she was supposed to go to Hassan for a wedding and had kept her gold ornaments ready for it in the cupboard. However, she took ill the same day, and could not travel to Hassan as planned. On Thursday August 21 morning, when her neighbour came to give her milk, she found Girijamma dead.

The prime accused Nithin had earlier been involved in ganja peddling cases and other cases in Kundapur police limits. He was even jailed in Hiriadka, where he came in contact with some other criminals. After he came out from jail, he told a few persons of his contacts in prison and offered to do any underhand job for them. Nithin learnt of Girijamma's plans to attend the wedding, the cancellation due to her ill health and the fact that she had gold ornaments with her. He then conspired to loot her.

The gold ornaments stolen from her were pledged by the accused in S K Goldsmith in Koteshwar and at Kundapur's Manappuram Gold. The police recovered the stolen gold weighing 31 grams, worth Rs 78,000, from both these places. It is said that some more gold amounting to Rs one lac has been pledged in other places, and the police are trying to recover it. The deceased woman was also in possession of 46 cents of land valued at over a crore.

After the murder came to light, the police formed three teams and succeeded in nabbing the accused. The accused were produced in front of the media on Tuesday August 26, in a press meet addressed by SP Rajendra Prasad, who gave the above details of the case. All the three accused were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.



Comment on this article

  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Fri, Aug 29 2014

    Hang the adults and the minor shall be sentenced for the maximum term possible as per the to amended law.

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  • clvie, Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Youngsters nowadays need quick money. When they steal or kill, they don't think its wrong. This shows that parents of such youngsters have forgotten to teach these youngsters the ethics required to sustain them in society.
    Everybody wants to live a good life even if its due to ill gotten wealth.

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  • Buddu, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2014


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  • Felix B D'souza, Kumta/Pune/Kuwait

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Yet Another Incident,where a Old Fragile and helpless woman,murdered by such cruel and ruthless thugs.And we are almost treating them like stars,giving the list of crimes they have committed over the years.Where are we heading ?????????? why dont we have a proper system in place where in we just get rid of such rogues.in days to come it could be any of us.why does the government want to work so that we can live in peace,or is it that they want us to take the Law in our own hands.we really need a revolution.or else like many others we have to find our own alternative.

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  • sureshshetty, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    in india there is no proper punishment so far so this type of murder is common, our law is dead along with dons & rowdies and chors & politicians, why cant we introduce foreign laws in india????????????? give one two hang for murder caswe automatically this will reduce.

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  • sanjay, shivapura

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Mr ayub, the old lady has no children. Even husband has died.

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    Wed, Aug 27 2014


    RSRB Please comment here.At least they require your sympathy words.

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  • Willy, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Our law is such that anyone can do anything to anyone and come out easily and again repeat their act again and again, our lawyers are great people, they will do anything for money. If there is a previous case, then no bail should be given at all. This is a murder case, so please murder them and close this chapter for the good safeness of the society, so that we can all live in peace and not in pieces.

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  • Shahul, Honnali

    Wed, Aug 27 2014


    These guys also looks innocent?

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  • R.Fernandes, Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    When I commented on previous issue I knew exactly what was the story behind the arrest and whether all of them are real culprits.
    I am not among those commentators who comment blindly. Neither I belong to any communal group nor to any political group as you guys!

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  • Hary, Kudla/Dubai

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Now they are qualified to work for a king pin settled abroad.

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  • vinaya, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Did these guys ever felt that lady would be in their mothers or grand mothers place.How can they murder such a old lady??Punish them and cut their hands which they used to strangle to death of this lady.

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  • Sudhakar, Kallianpur

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    These culprits will not hesitate to kill their father/mother

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  • ayub malpe, bahrain

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    Leaving old parents alone is which CULTURE.!!!! Definitely parents are far most important for us in this WORLD..! And best than any animal, bird,reptiles , banners,
    Punish her children first.

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  • Cathy, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    What a sad news. Instead of roaming around and looting people, get a job. As i see in the picture, one of the accused person covering his face. why? Doesnt have the guts to face people? These guys in this case should be hanged. I strongly agree the saudi law should be implemented so half of the problems will be solved.

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  • PINTO, Doha/Qatar

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    It is only in India a criminal who is jailed for petty crimes dares to commit a bigger crime after coming out of jail. Unfortunately, the jail which was supposed to be a place for transformation of a person to be a good citizen thereafter, is only helping him to grow as a bigger criminal. Unless our judicial system is reformed, we cannot expect any reduction in crime rate.

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  • Vicky D, Dubai

    Tue, Aug 26 2014

    Bele dhanthina........... ajjina mande getthe!!

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  • Chinmay, Oman

    Wed, Aug 27 2014

    This is the respect with which you would have spoken about Ajji and if she was real Ajji, I wonder whether you would have said Mande.

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  • Shahul, Honnali

    Tue, Aug 26 2014

    Give them "Nenu Bhagya"

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Aug 26 2014

    Thank you George and Mangalore Police. You guys are best in India ...

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