19-year-old Radha was found dead in plot of land near Avadi

Fifty-two-year-old Sankaran is tearful as he reads Wednesday’s newspaper headlines on CB-CID teams cracking the murder of a woman techie from TCS within a few days.

This grieving father hopes that one day, he will get to read similar news regarding CB-CID investigations into his teenage daughter’s murder in 2009. He is yet to receive a copy of the FIR or post-mortem report.

His daughter, S. Radha (19), who was working as a helper at a private hospital in Vyasarpadi, was last seen on the morning of June 30, 2009, when she came to her father’s grocery shop in Moorthingar Street, Vyasarpadi, from where she left for a job interview at a mobile phone firm in Egmore.

The same evening her body was found in an open plot of land near Avadi. She was strangled to death.

“We read about the recent murder of the software engineer in Siruseri that was swiftly solved by the CB-CID following the intervention of the Chief Minister. The CB-CID took up our case four years ago and we are still awaiting the arrest of our daughter’s killers,” an inconsolable Isakkimani (41), Radha’s mother, said at their one-bedroom house in Sarma Nagar, Vyasarpadi, which has photographs of their daughter prominently displayed all over.

According to eye-witness reports of the incident recorded with the Avadi Tank Factory police then, three men in a car had thrown Radha’s body at the spot and sped away. Following a six-month fruitless probe by the city police, a dejected Sankaran pleaded with his local MLA for intervention.

“The murder case was a matter of discussion in the State Assembly in 2009, after which the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi transferred the case to CB-CID for investigation,” said Sankaran.

He claims he approached the office of the present CM on four occasions but in vain. Encouraged by the CB-CID solving the TCS employee’s murder case, the family now plans to approach the Chief Minister’s office once again. “We hope the Chief Minister will help us get justice,” the couple said.

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