City Police have arrested Padmapriya (30) on Thursday on charges of having hired a three-member gang for murdering her mother-in-law Ranganayaki (67) of Ondipudur.

According to police, Ranganayaki was found lying dead at her residence with her throat slit. Daughter-in-law said that the mother-in-law was murdered and her five sovereign gold jewel was stolen. Police on suspicion inquired the daughter-in-law and found inconsistent replies.

Padmapriya working in a private property development confessed that she had hired a gang to commit the murder. Based on her confession, Police arrested members of the gang Ganesan and Mahendran while the hunt is on for Mahendran.

Police are probing as to whether the murder was a fall-out of the victim refusing to share the rental income with the daughter-in-law or whether the accused woman had any illicit relationship and the victim admonishing the same led to the murder.

Two held, car and pistol seized

Mettuppalayam Police arrested Karthikeyan (28) and Rajkumar (23) and have seized a car and the pistol that they had used in an incident of opening fire at three persons at Kurundamalai area on Wednesday.

It may be recalled that the two opened fire injuring Saravanan, Mahesh and Anandakumar. Further investigations are on.

Residents block road

More than 250 residents of Idayarpalayam – Lakshmi Nagar on Thursday resorted to a road blockade on Kavundampalayam Road protesting against the move to open a Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor outlet in their area. Following talks and assurances that a solution could be found to the problem by petitioning the collector, the road blockade was lifted.

Students block road

Nearly 100 students of the Mettuppalayam Girls High School on Thursday resorted to a protest and blocked the road demanding that even those studying in computer science self-financing course run by the Parent Teacher Association should be provided with free lap-tops. Following an assurance to look into their demand, the road blockade was withdrawn. Further investigations are on.

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