Tamil Nadu

Two held for murder of Karur couple

They had buried the bodies in backyard

Nearly two days after a couple from Karur were found buried in the backyard of a house at Vellakoil in Tiruppur district, the police on Monday arrested the elder sister of the man who was murdered and her son-in-law.

Police sources said the bodies of Selvaraj, 50, and Vasanthamani, 44, were exhumed in the presence of medical professionals and an autopsy was done.

The bodies were taken back to their home town by the family members.

Preliminary investigations reveal that Vasanthamani had cut injuries on her body and Selvaraj had been attacked on the head by a strong object.

On Saturday, the Vellakoil police found the bodies buried in the backyard of the house of Selvaraj’s elder sister, Kannathal, 54, when they visited her on October 10 to invite her for their son’s wedding, sources said.

The couple were murdered when they came to give the invitation for their son’s wedding, police sources said. Their mobile phones were switched off the same night. After burying the bodies in the backyard, Kannathal and her son-in-law Nagendran escaped from the house. As the couple did not return home, their family members lodged a complaint at a local police station.

Based on information that the couple’s mobiles were last switched off in the vicinity of Kannathal’s house, the police searched the premises on October 12 and found the bodies. The murder was a result of a property dispute between Selvaraj and his sister, sources said.

The Vellakoil police registered a case under Sections 302 (Punishment for murder) and 201 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code.

The accused are likely to be remanded in the Coimbatore Central Prison by Tuesday, the police said.

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