An accident causing a significant traffic jam near the Goa border played a crucial role in the police’s discovery of the Bengaluru woman who allegedly killed her four-year-old son at a service apartment in Candolim.
Sources revealed that Suchana Seth, the CEO of Mindful AI, killed her son over a custody battle with her estranged husband. While fleeing Goa, she faced a four-hour delay at Chorla Ghat due to an accident. Police sources described this delay as a “blessing in disguise,” as it allowed them to apprehend her before reaching Bengaluru, making it difficult to recover the child’s body.
Chorla Ghat, situated at the intersection of Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra borders, proved pivotal in the investigation. Suchana Seth was arrested in Chitradurga, Karnataka, and brought to Goa on Tuesday.
The couple’s divorce documents revealed a domestic violence case filed by Ms. Seth against her estranged husband Venkat Raman in August 2022. The court issued a restraining order against Raman but granted him visitation rights, which allegedly upset Ms. Seth.
On Saturday, she sent a WhatsApp message to Raman, allowing him to meet the child. However, he discovered that the family was in Goa and later left for Indonesia. Suchana Seth denied involvement in the crime during interrogation, claiming the child was already dead when she woke up.
Goa police found two empty cough syrup bottles in the crime scene, suggesting a planned murder. The post-mortem revealed the child was smothered to death with a cloth or pillow.
Ms. Seth stayed at the service apartment from January 6 to January 8 before leaving for Bengaluru. She was remanded in police custody for six days after her arrest. Venkat Raman reached Hiriyur in Chitradurga and took possession of his son’s body after the post-mortem.