Television serials play a major part in hatching of such plans in this region, writes L. Srikrishna

A few days ago, the Madurai Rural Police received information in the early hours from Usilampatti that robbers had gained entry into a house, murdered a man after tying his wife's hands with a rope and locking her inside a room and decamped with Rs. 5 lakh in cash. The police rushed to the spot.The murdered man, Velu (42) of Netaji Nagar, Usilampatti, was married to Selvi (35). The couple had three children. The police saw Velu, a building contractor, lying in a pool of blood. Initially the police were looking for a robber gang as they believed it to be a case of murder for gain.

However, within a few hours of investigation, the police had a different tale unravelling — Selvi planned to eliminate her husband as he objected to the illicit relationship she was having with a man identified as Karikalan. “I planned to kill Velu earlier by arranging a goods van to dash against him, but he escaped with injuries…,”she had reportedly confessed to the investigation officers.

In the latest incident, in a bid to bolster her story, Selvi had claimed that the robbers had looted from an almirah Rs. 5 lakh given to her husband by a client. However, investigations suggested otherwise. Karikalan had allegedly agreed to eliminate Velu with the help of his accomplices, Saravanan, Sasikumar, Nagaraj, Maluchamy alias Maheswaran and Satish Kumar, all from the same locality. The gang, it seems, had entered the house only after Selvi opened the door. At that time Velu was fast asleep. She made her children sleep in another room so that they would not be disturbed and also to make things easier for the gang.

Superintendent of Police Asra Garg who visited the spot told this correspondent on Friday that they strongly suspected right from the beginning that Selvi had a role in the grave crime but attempted to give a different picture.

TV serials

An investigating officer said that television serials played a major part in hatching of such plans in this region in the recent past. “Women watch TV serials with stories revolving around illicit affairs, kidnap and murder committed by mercenaries hired for huge money. Later, the scheming et al are applied in real life.”

A social activist said, “This is not a good sign for the society. Since Selvi has three children, their future is in jeopardy.”

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