Staff Reporter

Fish cart driver surrenders to police, admits to killing

CHENNAI: A 28-year-old man was allegedly done to death at the maternity hospital in Egmore on Sunday midnight.

Police identified the victim as K Murugan, a mason, from Thirukkoilur taluk of Villupuram district, residing at Besant Nagar, Chennai, and said they had found a diary in his pocket.

Officers said that Murugan had come to the maternity hospital on Sunday night with two others, his friend Sundar of 12th cross Indira Nagar and P Krishnamurthy (40) of Kilpauk, a fish-cart driver who surrendered to the Egmore police in the early hours of Monday. They said Krishnamurthy told them that he had killed Murugan with a stone.

Murugan had reportedly lured Krishnamurthy to the maternity hospital saying he could donate his kidney make money. Krishnamurthy had initially agreed, but later changed his mind and killed Murugan. Egmore police have registered a case of murder and remanded Krishnamurthy to judicial custody.

However, relatives and friends of Murugan have cast doubts over the death. They said that Murugan earned Rs 300 a day and had no debts. Under such circumstances, his death was mysterious.

An officer told The Hindu that investigators had established that Murugan, Krishnamurthy and Sundar were known to each other, and used to bring blood donors to the maternity hospital and get Rs 100 or Rs 200 as commission. Krishnamurthy also used to donate blood whenever he needed money.

Officers said that Krishnamurthy wanted a big sum of money to buy a fish-cart, and Murugan and Sundar had suggested that he donate a kidney. They had planned to leave for Andhra Pradesh on Monday morning, where Sundar and Murugan had hospital `contacts' who bought kidneys. It is not known why the three came to the maternity hospital at an odd hour. Police are looking for Sundar, the officer added.