He is charged with having murdered his wife in June

N. Natarajan (32), professor in an engineering college in Kancheepuram District, was detained under the Goondas Act on Friday for brutally murdering his wife Vijayalakshmi (21), of Namakkal, in June 2012.

Velur DSP B. Uthayakumar said that in the first week of June the professor asked his wife to come to Chennai without the knowledge of her relatives.

“On June 6 he hacked her to death leaving 11 knife injuries on her neck and chest and buried the body in Krishna Canal. A couple of days later he lodged a complaint in the Paramathi Police Station claiming that his wife was missing. On the 16th of that month Vijayalakshmi’s father lodged a complaint suspecting Natarajan’s involvement in the case,” he said.

On July 9 he confessed to the murder of his wife and surrendered before the Namakkal Judicial Magistrate.

During investigations the professor identified the place where he buried her, based on which the body was exhumed and sent for post-mortem examination. He was later lodged in the Salem Central Prison.

“Recommendation to detain him under Goondas Act was made by the Superintendent of Police P. Kannammal to District Collector J. Kumaragurubaran, based on which he issued the order on Thursday. It was served at the Salem Central Prison on Friday afternoon,” Mr. Uthayakumar said and added that a case in this connection is pending in court.