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CB-CID team cracks murder case after seven years

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The CB-CID team here has cracked a murder case after seven-and-a-half years and arrested a woman and her son-in-law in connection with the crime.

Sources in the CB-CID here said farm labourer R. Mannaar, 32, of Devipattinam under Sivagiri police station limits, who went to a sugarcane field close to his village for work on January 7, 2012, did not return home. When his wife Mary and other relatives searched for him, they could not get any information about Mannaar even after several days.

As her complaint with the Sivaigiri police did not yield any information about her husband, Ms. Mary filed a case in the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court in September 2018 seeking direction to transfer the case for investigation by the CB-CID.

Since her prayer was allowed by the Court, the CB-CID commenced the investigation five months ago and found that Mannaar, who got electrocuted accidentally after coming in contact with the live electric fence erected in the adjoining farm owned by one Panneer of the same area on the fateful day, was buried inside Panneer’s farm with the help of his wife P. Pappa and son-in-law Balagurunathan, 36.

The CB-CID team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Anilkumar and Inspector of Police Ulagarani, exhumed the body in the presence of revenue officials and subsequently arrested Pappa and Balagurunathan as Panneer died last year.

“Besides illegally drawing power, the electricity was misused for erecting electric fence to check invasion of wild animals into his farm situated on the lap of the Western Ghats. Unfortunately, a farm labourer got electrocuted, whose body was buried in the farm instead of bringing it to the knowledge of the police. Hence, the accused have been arrested in connection with the crime,” Mr. Anilkumar said.

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