Special Correspondent

MADURAI: The police exhumed the body of a 24-year-old woman, reportedly buried at a private saw mill premises on Raja Mill Road here on Monday.

Following a complaint that Uma Rani, wife of Veerabadran (35) of Bethaniapuram here, was missing since September 20, a case was registered.

Inquiries with relatives and friends of the missing woman resulted in discreet interrogation of Veerabadran, who has been running a timber and saw mill.

Based on his confession, the police learnt that Veerabadran had taken his wife to his shop in a bid to talk and settle matters. He had married Uma Rani, a relative, five years ago. He had been suspecting her fidelity in the last two years.

Even as they were talking, Veerabadran allegedly hit her with a log following which Uma Rani died.

Fearing trouble, he left the body in his shop and left home. After two days, he came to the shop at odd hours and dug an eight-feet pit and buried the body, taking the help of a relative.

In the presence of revenue authorities and doctors, the body of Uma Rani was exhumed amid police security in the afternoon.

After conducting post-mortem, the body was handed over to the relatives. The couple have two children.

A case of murder was registered against Veerabadran. Further investigation is on.