The police arrested a 55-year-old man on Monday on the charge of murdering his step daughter on Sunday. The police said that Rajendran (55), a mechanic of Udayarpalayam in Rasipuram taluk, was living with wife Lakshmi (48).

Lakshmi was earlier married to Marappan and had a daughter Palaniammal (30).

After Marappan’s death a few year ago she married Rajendran.

Palaniammal was married to Ramu of Murugapatti in Tiruchi district, the police said.

Rajendran used to get drunk often and picked up quarrels with Lakshmi.

On Sunday night too, Rajendran got drunk and beat up beat Lakshmi.

Palaniammal who was there tried to prevent him.

Rajendran hit her on the head with a piece of wood. She died immediately.

Rajendran has been remanded in judicial custody.