Seventy-five-year old Nagalakshmi was found murdered at her residence in BHEL township on Thursday. Intruders had reportedly decamped with 25 sovereigns gold jewellery and Rs.7,000 cash after committing the murder. The aged woman, whose husband Srinivasan had expired recently, was alone after her son, Nagaraj, a BHEL employee, and daughter-in-law, Ezhilmathi, a school teacher in the township, had gone for work.When Nagaraj went home for lunch, he found the door locked from outside. Presuming that his mother would have gone to the hospital he went there, and subsequently to the school where he collected the key from his wife.

On opening the house, Nagaraj found his mother dead with strangulation marks. The Deputy Inspector of Police A. Amalraj and Supterintendent of Police Lalitha Lakshmi visited the spot.