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Special teams formed to trace murderer of housewife

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Knives were taken from the victim’s house itself

The murderer who stabbed to death a young woman J. Pavithra (23) at her residence at Tallakulam on Friday had used knives that were taken from the victim’s house itself.

The police said that besides two knives, a steel rod used to remove coconut kernel and a rope, which was suspected to have been used for strangulating the woman before attacking her with the knives, were found in the house. The woman had been packing her luggage to leave for Dubai, where her husband works, on December 3.

The police have registered a case of murder for gain, as a gold chain from the body was missing.

Commissioner of Police Shailesh Kumar Yadav has formed special teams to trace the murderer who had committed the offence in the broad daylight in one of the busiest streets of the city.

The police said a courier boy had delivered a letter meant for Jayanthi, mother-in-law of the deceased, to the house owner, who was living in the ground floor, around noon. He had reportedly told that the woman (deceased) had asked him to deliver it in the ground floor.

The police said that the murder had occurred only after this incident.

The body was found in the hall when the landlady went in search of her in the first floor as requested by Pavithra’s mother-in-law since the victim had not attended to Jayanthi’s repeated calls from her office. The police said the murderer sprayed chilli powder in the house.

Fifth murder

This is the fifth murder of women in the city in as many months. Though S.S. Colony police managed to crack two cases by arresting accused and recovering gold from them, the city police are still groping in the dark in the two other cases.

The murder of Preethi (32) in her house on the late night of July 8 by an armed gang still remained a challenge to the police. The gang hacked to death the woman and severely injured her elderly parents-in-law at Lake Area under the K. Pudur police station limits.

Though the police registered a case of murder as no property was said to be missing from the house, the actual motive was yet to be established.

The other incident is the murder of R. Surya (59) in the first floor of her house in the narrow St. Xavier lane under Keeraithurai police station limits. The woman was found with multiple cut and stab injuries and the main door of the house in the ground floor was locked from outside on September 2. Some 25 sovereigns of gold were missing from the house.

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