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Aged woman killed; body cut to pieces

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Special teams formed to investigate the case

The bag and suitcase containing body pieces of the woman being removed in a mortuary van on Thursday.– PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
The bag and suitcase containing body pieces of the woman being removed in a mortuary van on Thursday.– PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

The body of a 54-year-old woman was found cut to pieces and packed in two bags in an apartment located close to a hotel in the city.

The police said Saroja (54), wife of Natarajan, went missing on February 13. A complaint was preferred on February 16. Saroja and Natarajan were living with their second son, who works in Tirupur. The family members were carrying out searches after she went missing. On Thursday, neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from a flat close to that where Saroja was staying.

The police broke open the door and found the bags sealed using cement. The police found the head and limbs packed in one bag and the rest of the body in another. Inquiries revealed that the two persons had took the flat on rent for Rs. 30,000 from the owner Balaji, seven months back.

The persons were carrying out works on installation of cellular sites/towers. The security staff at the apartment said there had been no complaints about them.

Saroja had been living there for more than 15 years and was a very friendly person, her neighbours said.

Some of the jewellery of the victim was found missing and the police suspect this to be a case of murder for gain. Sniffer dogs and forensic experts were pressed into service. City Police have formed special teams to investigate the case.

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