Woman kills her mother then flies to Andaman for a holiday

A woman in Bengaluru allegedly stabbed her mother to death and left her younger brother bleeding in the house before flying to Andaman and Nicobar Islands for a trip with her friend, in a crime that has stunned the police in the I-T city. The woman and her friend were arrested in Port Blair yesterday.

Amrutha Chandrashekar, 33, allegedly stabbed her mother, 52, with a knife on Monday and then attacked her younger brother Harish, also a techie.

She was all packed for a five-day holiday in the Andamans, the police said. After stabbing the two, Amrutha allegedly left with her friend Shridhar Rao, who picked her up in his bike on their way to the airport. They took a 6.30 am flight booked earlier.

According to the police, the injured brother then called relatives for help.

Amrutha, a software engineer, had told her mother and 30-year old brother that she had been transferred to Hyderabad and she may have to move.

Harish told the police that around 4 am on Monday, he saw his sister frantically rummaging through closets and offered to help, but she refused.

Moments later, she attacked him, he said. When he screamed for help, their mother came running. Amrutha allegedly turned on her and stabbed her.

Harish alleged that his sister stabbed him and attacked him with an iron rod before running off.

He said the family owed Rs 15 lakh in loans and Amrutha kept shouting she felt humiliated and did not want the family to face such humiliation.

“All of us are struggling to understand the motive. As of now it is a case of murder and attempt to murder,” a police officer said.

He said Amrutha and her friend had booked their flight to Andamans two days before the murder.

A police team took a flight to Port Blair and tracked down the couple with help from the local police.

Reports suggest Amrutha was upset about the family’s unpaid debts. It is not yet established whether her friend Shridhar Rao was in on the plan. Shridhar has been booked with abetment.