Punnapra police on Wednesday took into custody Haridas (48) of Haritha Bhavan in Punnapra North Panchayat for murdering Padmini (50) of Valiyakulam house in Aravukkad near here.

Haridas committed the murder after his only daughter, Haritha (17) committed suicide on Wednesday. According to the police, Aneesh, son of Padmini, had proposed to Haritha, with whom he had been in love.

However, the wife of Haridas refused to entertain Aneesh’s request of marrying Haritha immediately. She said that her daughter could marry only after she turned 18. After Aneesh left, Haritha went to her room and hanged herself.

An enraged Haridas went to the house of Aneesh and and picked up a quarrel with Padmini, blaming Aneesh for the death of his daughter. Soon, Haridas took out a country knife and stabbed Padmini.

Though Padmini was rushed to the Alappuzha Medical College Hospital, her life could not be saved.

Haridas was nabbed by the Punnapra police at around 3 p.m. The bodies of Haritha and Padmini were handed over to relatives after post-mortem at the Alappuzha general hospital.

The funeral of Haritha was conducted on Wednesday evening and the last rites of Padmini will be held on Thursday morning. Aneesh is now absconding after the incident. The police have started a search for him.