A minor issue ended up in the death of a 55-year-old man in Thuraiyur police station limits on Monday.
The body of M.Mookan alias Mookaiah, of Singalanthapuram near Thuraiyur, was found near the Kalipatti bus stop.
The Thuraiyur police booked a case of murder on a complaint preferred by the victim’s wife M.Kozhunthai and arrested K.Siva (30), the accused.
According to police, Mookan had been asking Siva to get him a new pair of spectacles as promised after the latter’s son is said to have damaged it a few days ago.
Following repeated demands, Siva allegedly abused and assaulted Mookan, who was later found dead at Kalipatti.
Although the murder in this particular case was fallout of a “petty” issue, the motive behind several other murders reported this year in the district is “previous enmity”.
Of the 33 murders reported so far in Tiruchi district in 2013, the motive behind nine of them is “previous enmity,” according to police sources.
Law enforcers have classified motives behind murder under 18 heads, including family quarrel, money transaction, previous enmity, business rivalry, petty/wordy quarrel, communal, caste-related, political, love affair or sexual causes, for gain and others.
There is another category — reason not known — which is usually applied in cases where the identity of the deceased is not known.
Police sources said ‘previous enmity’ topped the list of motives this year.
In 16 other cases, the murders were a sequel to land or property dispute, family quarrel, love affair or sexual causes, or for gain.
Monetary transaction was the cause in a couple of murders, while in two other cases it was “petty/wordy quarrel.” In three separate cases, the reasons were yet to be ascertained .
According to police records, 16 murders were in the under investigation stage, while an equal number was ‘pending trial.’
Headway is yet to be made in two murder cases booked in Lalgudi and Kollidam police station limits in early June this year.
The victims — a man and a woman in their mid40s — were murdered and the bodies were found in a bush and close to a burial ground.
Establishing the identity of the deceased is crucial as this would provide the lead for investigators in establishing the motive and in narrowing down the accused, say police sources.
Even after three months, investigators are yet to taste success in establishing the identity of the deceased, which has made breakthrough in both cases elusive.