The city police have solved the murder for gain case that took place here a few days ago wherein a middle-aged woman A. Mahalakshmi (55) was killed in her apartment and jewellery looted from her residence by arresting the victim's brother.

Interrogation of the accused _ A. Natarajan (48) _ revealed that he had murdered Mahalakshmi's husband, M. Amirthalingam (58), one-and-half years ago at Samayapuram Tollgate, a few kilometres from here, cut the body into pieces and buried it in a plastic drum in a room near Uthamarkovil in the city's outskirts.

Three special teams were formed following the murder of Mahalakshmi at North Andar street here.

Commissioner of Police K. Vanniaperumal said during the course of investigation it came to light that Natarajan was involved.

Special teams nabbed Natarajan on Sunday. Natarajan confessed that he killed her by slashing her neck with a knife after she refused to give him money.

Natarajan also confessed that he had murdered his brother-in-law by poisoning him. The drum was recovered in the presence of Executive Magistrate on Sunday and post mortem conducted after the body was identified by relatives.

The investigators recovered over six sovereigns of gold ornaments and a knife. Natarajan has been sent to remand.

The Commissioner presented cash awards to the team members. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Rupesh Kumar Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Tamilchandran and senior city police officers were present.