The Coimbatore City Police on Friday formally issued a notice that K. Elangovan, a private firm accountant, was wanted in connection with the murder of Paulose Thomas, who was found dead in his apartment on Avanashi Road on December 12, 2012.

Paulose Thomas, a retired engineer in Kerala government service and hailing from Thodupuzha in Kerala, was staying in Coimbatore and employed with a consultant for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for its projects in this region.

Police initially registered a case of death under suspicious circumstances and ruled out the possibility of the case being a suicide. After the post-mortem report was obtained, it was converted into a case of murder and section 302 of Indian Penal Code was invoked on January 22.

The pathology and viscera examinations ruled out the possibility of cardiac arrest and the report indicated possibility of death by strangulation. K. Elangovan (50), son of Kannappan of Arivalam Village in Thiruvarur of Tamil Nadu, who was associated with Paulose Thomas and worked as an accountant in a private company at Kalapatti has been named as the suspect. The suspect who initially turned up for inquiry vanished all of a sudden since January 20. For more than a month, he has neither visited the family nor contacted the family members or friends, an investigating officer said.

The suspect is 165 cm in height, medium-built and fair in complexion. Anyone having knowledge of the whereabouts of the suspect could inform the Coimbatore City Police at 0422-2300250, 2300970, 2301737, 94890-79796, 94454-92018, the police said.


  • Victim was found dead in his apartment in December

  • Police suspect he was strangled to death