With the year coming to an end, investigators, who had successfully cracked several offences reported in Tiruchi range, are yet to make headway in eight murder and a couple of murder-for-gain cases reported this year.

Investigators are unable to get hold of tangible clues in the 10 “grave crimes” reported in various police stations falling within the range encompassing Tiruchi, Perambalur, Karur, Ariyalur, and Pudukottai districts.

Breakthrough continues to elude the men-in-khaki with the cases remaining in the “under investigation stage”.

In a majority of these cases, the victims were women. Of the eight unsolved murders, three were reported at Thuvakudi, Lalgudi, and Kollidam police stations in Tiruchi district, and three others at Gandarvakottai, Aranthangi, and Keeramangalam police stations in Pudukottai. The remaining two murders took place within Meensurity police station limits in Ariyalur and Velliyanai police station limits in Karur.

The two murder-for-gain cases were reported at Vikkiramangalam and Arimalam in Ariyalur and Pudukottai districts.

Despite sustained inquiries, investigators could not taste success in establishing the identity of the murdered victims in three cases.

This has made it even more difficult for the investigators to determine the accused and the motive behind the crimes. In one such case reported within Gandarvakottai police station limits in April, a body of a young woman was found fully burnt. In the remaining murders where the identity of the victims was known, the police are yet to establish the identity of the accused.

Police authorities say sincere efforts were being made to crack the cases, adding that the ways to pursue them further and piecing together the missing links had been conveyed to the investigators.

In a majority of these cases, the victims were women, writes

R. Rajaram

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