OP Rasila, a 25-year-old Pune techie, who was found murdered on Sunday evening, was reportedly working alone in her office over the weekend when the office security guard allegedly strangled her.
According to reports, the guard, who was arrested in Mumbai on Monday, approached the deceased on the pretext of fixing a computer cable and then killed her.
Ganesh Shinde, Deputy Commissioner of police, Pune, said that the accused Bhaben Saikia's presence had made Rasila uncomfortable on an earlier occasion and she had warned him that she would complain about him. On the evening of the murder, Saikia requested the victim not to complain against him.
"When she refused to back off leading to an argument, he pulled out the cable and strangulated her in a fit of rage. The guard also hit her face with his shoes, injuring her nose," the Hindustan Times quoted the police officer as saying.
Sunday being an off day, there was no one else on the floor where Rasila was working besides her and Saikia. After allegedly committing the crime, Saikia stayed in the office until the end of his shift and left for Mumbai later.
"His colleagues told us there was no stress showing on his face," assistant police commissioner, Vaishali Jadhav told HT.
Saikia was arrested on Monday in Mumbai.
"On the basis of the CCTV footage from the company premises and other clues, we zeroed down on a security guard from Assam, who after the incident, fled and now has been held in Mumbai," said Arun Waikar, the senior police inspector with Hinjawadi Police Station.
Rasila's father questioned Infosys on why a female security guard wasn't present on duty when his daughter was working alone on an off day.
Pune police commissioner Rashmi Shukla also questioned the lapse in security.
"Why didn't Infosys depute a female security staff when they knew that a woman engineer was working alone on a weekend? Why was Rasila called for the evening shift when there was no one in her section?" she told HT.
Rasila's uncle also blamed Infosys for not taking any action against the guard, who had been making "advances" at his niece.
Infosys officials said that Rasila had come to work on a project on Sunday and was in touch with colleagues at the company's Bengaluru office. But when her supervisor lost contact with her late on Sunday evening, some other person in the Pune office was asked to check on her.
"When her colleagues came to her workstation, they found her lying on the floor with a computer wire around her neck," Jadhav said.
This is the second murder of a female IT professional in Pune in two months. Antara Das, who was 23 years old, was stabbed to death while returning home from work in December 2016.
(With inputs from PTI)
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