Murder mystery unravelled

Four persons detained

Mystery behind murder of Zakir Hussain, 51, of Kattur, a businessman, whose charred body was found inside a car that was gutted in a reserve forest on Thachankurichi - Reddimangudi Road near Siruganur on Wednesday was unravelled.

The body was completely burnt and the vehicle was entirely gutted. Special teams of the Tiruchi Rural Police detained four persons and found that dispute over money transaction was said to be the reason behind the murder.

Superintendent of Police, Tiruchi, Ziaul Haque, and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi Range, V. Balakrishnan, rushed to the scene and found the body, in the front seat, charred beyond recognition. The registration plate was also found to be burnt.

CCTV footages showed that the car had crossed Samayapuram toll plaza on Tuesday night and Thirumandurai toll plaza in Perambalur district later. The police learnt that Zakir Hussain had left home on Tuesday night after visiting his residence.

His cell phone call detail records were examined. It came to light that Zakir Hussain had left for Ramanatham in Cuddalore district, driving the car himself. The last call was made by Saravanan, a restaurant owner at Ramanatham, to whom he had given a big loan. Thereafter the cell phone was switched off.

Saravanan lured Zakir Hussain to his restaurant by engaging a woman employee. The culprits accompanied Zakir Hussain in his car and escaped after murdering him and setting fire to the body along with the vehicle using petrol.

Inspector General of Police V. Varadharaju said the special teams determined the motive behind the crime before detaining Saravanan, his brother Manikandan, Sakthi, a hotel employee, and Mohan.

Mr. Ziaul Haque said the teams adopted a “multi-pronged” approach to achieve a breakthrough within hours. The gutted vehicle was brought to the Siruganur Police station for investigation.

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