He stabbed her multiple times before smashing her head
Indian model Pooja Singh Dey was found to have been murdered by her Ola driver after her tattoo solved the case.
A passerby had found her body near Bengaluru Airport on August 1, 2019. She had suffered multiple stab wounds as well as severe head injuries.
Officers from Bagalur Police Station were informed and they quickly arrived at the scene. They struggled to identify her apart from a tattoo and her clothes.
It was found that her Ola driver had murdered her with the intention of robbing her.
Kolkata resident Pooja was a model and freelance events manager who had visited Bengaluru for the day. She had booked an Ola cab to the hotel where she was staying.
The driver was identified as Nagesh, who picked her up from the airport.
Nagesh briefly followed the route before making a u-turn towards Shettykere in Karnataka. He drove to an isolated area where he tried to attack her.
When Pooja tried to run away, Nagesh grabbed her and pinned her down. He stabbed her multiple times before smashing her head with a brick. Nagesh later ran away.
Officers assigned two teams to investigate the case. A team looked for more information regarding a watch and ring that she was wearing.
One team went to investigate a missing complaint from Kolkata. It had been lodged by the victim’s husband Saudeep Dey.
The police asked Pooja’s family to visit Kolkata to identify the body. Saudeep identified his wife’s body after verifying the tattoo on her neck.
Officers analysed her emails and discovered that she had booked an Ola cab to her hotel when she arrived in Bengaluru.
The police took Nagesh in for questioning after they found Pooja’s phone in his vehicle. He eventually confessed to murdering the Indian model.
According to a senior officer, it was a pre-meditated attack as Nagesh’s brother had leased the car but they struggled to repay it.
Nagesh then came up with a plan to rob someone so that he could pay off the car. He had purchased the knife during July 2019 and was waiting for his victim.
When he found out that Pooja had booked a cab late at night, he intended to rob and kill her.
An officer said: “We did not recover cash from him and are still investigating how much money he stole from the victim.”
The Bangalore Mirror reported that the Kolkata Police did not inform the Bengaluru police after receiving the missing complaint as they initially did not take the complaint seriously.