Commissioner of Police J.K. Tripathy on Saturday announced that six special teams have been formed to investigate six unsolved murder for gain cases. Speaking to mediapersons, he said exclusive teams were working on each case and further details of the investigation could not be revealed at the moment. “We have taken up the investigation in the Velachery case and are hopeful of reaching a breakthrough ,” he said.

In November 2007, the decomposed bodies of Jacob and Mony Jacob were found in their house on Indira Street, Sankaran Avenue, Velachery.

According to a former investigating officer in the case, the killer had let out LPG from a cylinder in the house and locked all the windows and doors before taking away the couple's car.

“The suspect had tampered with the electric door bell in the house in such a way that when the bell is rung the sparks from it would lead to an explosion due to the gas. The idea would have been to wipe out the evidence,” said the senior officer.

The special police team would be probing various angles, including a man who was spotted abandoning the couple's car on the rainy night of November 17.

The other cases for which special teams have been formed include the killing of two sisters, Jayalakshmi (75) and Kamakshi (72) in K.R.Koil Street, West Mambalam; Parameshwari (65) in Bharatheeswarar Colony 2nd Street, Kodambakkam in October; Ranjitham (38) found dead with her throat slit in her apartment in Jai Balaji Nagar Extension, Nesappakkam last month; and two cases in St. Thomas Mount.

Stolen items returned

Earlier in the day, Mr. Tripathy handed over stolen items, including gold and silver jewellery, two-wheelers and cars to the rightful owners. In the last one month, the police arrested 131 persons involved in 117 cases, including robbery, burglary and chain-snatching. Properties worth close to Rs.2.16 crore were seized, police sources said.

The Commissioner of Police said the Homicide Investigation Squad under the Central Crime Branch would start functioning next month.

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Petlee PeterJune 28, 2012