Kancheepuram taluk police have arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly stole cash and jewellery from his uncle’s house after poisoning the latter to death.
The victim was identified as Govindan, 72, a resident of Neeravalur village near Kancheepuram. He was staying alone at his house. Neighbours alerted his son after he did not come out one day, contrary to his usual practise. When they entered, they found Govindan dead inside the house. Initially, it was assumed to be a natural death.
However, when his son opened the steel cupboard and was looking for money for spending on funeral expenses, he found that close to 16 sovereigns of gold jewellery and ₹3.5 lakh in cash had been stolen. Later, it was reported to the police. The police nabbed Govindan’s nephew V. Baskar alias Basha, 27, who frequently visited his uncle. Investigations revealed that Baskar needed money for his engagement and decided to steal at Govindan’s house.
The police said on Thursday night that Bhaskar visited Govindan’s house with a liquor bottle. He had mixed it with an insecticide. He poured the drink for his uncle. When the victim started suffocating, Baskar had smothered him with a bedsheet. He then took the keys to the locker from under Govindan’s bed, took the valuables and left.