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One held for murder of elderly homeless man in Chennai

Special Correspondent CHENNAI 17 October 2021 15:32 IST
Updated: 17 October 2021 15:32 IST

Police found that the 24-year-old man who was arrested, was mentally ill, and are to admit him at the Institute of Mental Health

Sembium Police have apprehended a 24-year-old young man from Tirupati, who is mentally ill, for allegedly killing an elderly person by hurling a stone at him.

On Friday night, Sembium Police received information from the public about a dead body lying near a public toilet on Kannabiran Koil street. Police retrieved the body and sent it to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (RGGH) for a post-mortem. On investigation, police identified the deceased as Murthy, 65 who was living on the platform and was not cared for by his family.

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After conducting further investigations, police arrested D. Hemanth, 24, of Tirupati and found that he was mentally ill. He was undergoing treatment at a clinic in Andhra Pradesh from 2012 and later he was shifted to a care centre for mentally ill persons in Madanandapuram. He recently escaped from there and came into the city.

Police said, on the day of the crime, Hemanth took a stone and threw it on Murthy, and left. Police formally arrested and produced him before a judicial magistrate. The magistrate, after scrutiny of medical records and the remand report, directed the investigative officer to admit the Hemanth at the Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk.

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