The identity of the person whose head was found severed in Vyasarpadi on Tuesday night has been discovered. S. Praveen Kumar, a nineteen-year-old ITI student, was killed by his friends, one of whom was in love with the same girl as him.
Police said Praveen, who was also known as Tison, was a resident of Eighth Main Road in MKB Nagar and was in love with a girl from his neighbourhood. His friend R. Vinod Kumar (20) too was interested in the same girl and the friends often used to get into arguments over this.
A few days ago, Praveen threatened Vinod over the issue. Subsequently, Vinod and two others, P. Kalaiarasan (20), a resident of Debar Nagar, and S. Ajith (21) decided to murder Praveen.
On Tuesday night, around 9.30 p.m., the trio went to Praveen’s house and took him to the railway cargo yard in Vyasarpadi on the pretext of arriving at a compromise over alcohol. At the yard, a fight broke out between Praveen and Vinod and the former threatened to kill Vinod if he continued to disturb the girl. When Praveen fell down after consuming a huge quantity of alcohol, Vinod and his friends beheaded Praveen. They left the body at the yard while disposing off the head on Satyamurthy Nagar Main Road.
The police got a tip-off regarding the recovery of a human head in that area and a special team was formed, said assistant commissioner of police, Govi Manohar. Lead by additional deputy commissioner of police (Pulianthope), S Jayakumar, the team inspected the spot where the Praveen’s head was found and also found the body from the railway yard. An identity card of Kalaiarasan was recovered from the crime scene at railway yard and with it, the police narrowed down the accused. All three suspects including Vinod surrendered at a lower court in Saidapet on Wednesday afternoon and later, were sent to Puzhal prison.