Special teams of the Coimbatore City Police have identified the victim who was found murdered in a lodge at Mettupalayam on Tuesday as Venkateswari (26) of Kaniyur near Udumalpet.
It may be recalled that a man and woman checked into the lodge posing as couple. The man left the hotel after a day under the pretext of bringing back the car that was given for servicing and vanished. The hotel employees found the woman strangulated to death using a pillow to cover the face.
The police have identified the victim as a teacher and daughter of Ponnusamy. The man who accompanied the victim is suspected to be her relative from Tirupur. Investigations are on.
Three Forest Department personnel, i.e., two guards and a forester, had a miraculous escape on Thursday.
The staff had gone to Alandurai area for chasing back a herd of elephants that strayed into human habitations.
When the personnel were about to embark on a return journey to Booluvampatti, two elephants chased them. The forest personnel jumped off the motorcycles and ran into a land with lot of undulations.
The elephants smashed one of the motorcycles and left after some time.
Forest Department has deployed anti-depredation watchers to monitor the movement of the elephant herd.