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Updated: May 6, 2014 01:40 IST

Murder victim identified, cabbie suspected

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Rekha Sriram
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A young woman, whose body was found, chopped to pieces, on the banks of Porur Lake on Saturday evening, has been identified. Police suspect the involvement of a city cab driver, who is on the run.

Rekha Sriram, a Nesapakkam resident, was a business process outsourcing (BPO) centre employee and a consultant dietician at a fitness centre. Policemen at SRMC station, who are investigating the murder, said she had married Sriram, a software professional working in Ambattur, in February this year.

On Saturday, residents in the vicinity of the lake saw a gunny bag on the banks of the waterbody around 7 p.m. and alerted the police.

Policemen opened the sack to find the decomposed torso and head of a young woman. The victims’ hands and legs were recovered from nearby. Investigations revealed that Sriram had lodged a complaint with MGR Nagar police station on May 1 about Rekha not having returned home.

“On Sunday, Sriram identified the body as that of his missing wife at the Government Royapettah Hospital mortuary,” said an investigating officer.

The investigating team has found that Rekha had approached the Madhavaram police with a compliant of repeated harassment by Sitaraman alias Samson (25), a cab driver and resident of Sitapathi Street in Madhavaram. “Samson used to drive Rekha to work and home when she worked at a call centre in Vadapalani and was upset when he learnt of her marriage,” the officer added.

It is suspected that he along with a few accomplices may have murdered her and flung the body into the lake from Chennai Bypass. Police are searching for Samson and have found his car that is suspected to have been used to transport the victim’s body.

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