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Couple, maid found murdered at home

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Motive behind the murders not clear

Involvement of more than one person suspected

CHENNAI: In a gruesome incident, three persons, including a septuagenarian couple, were stabbed to death at their residence in Ashok Nagar here on Thursday.

Police said S. Saravanan (74), former Chairman and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Minerals Limited (TAMIN), his wife, S. Kasthuri (73), retired Under Secretary, Department of Home, and a domestic help, K. Inbarasi (17), were found dead with multiple stab injuries on the second floor of a house on the Dr. Natesan Salai.

The incident came to light during the early hours when Unnikrishnan, a long-time associate of the family, came to join Mr. Saravanan for the morning walk.

Though jewels on the women were intact, two almirahs were ransacked by the accused. While the body of Saravanan was in the kitchen, his wife and the domestic help were lying in a pool of blood in a bedroom. “It appears that he ran into the kitchen to escape the attack. He probably tried to offer resistance since many wounds were seen on his hand,” a senior police official said.

Commissioner of Police K. Radhakrishnan, who visited the house, said 10 special teams under the direct supervision of Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), A.K. Viswanathan, were formed to investigate the case.

“We have some specific clues like fingerprints and footprints lifted from the scene of crime. Nothing can be ruled out now…murder for gain is also possible. We are looking into various aspects, including his relationships, friends and visitors who came to see him in the last few weeks,” Mr. Radhakrishnan told The Hindu.

According to police sources, Saravanan went to a hotel in T. Nagar to meet his friend who had come from Germany on Wednesday night.

“He was an expert in Geology and Mines. He served as Professor in the Department of Geology in Presidency College. Saravanan was handpicked by former Chief Minister MGR to head TAMIN,” an investigator said.

Neighbours neither saw nor heard anything unusual the previous night. “It appears that the crime took place between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. The gate and front door were opened from inside. Considering the nature of injuries, the involvement of more than one person in the crime is suspected. The weapons used to commit the crime were washed in the basin near the dining table,” he said and added that the culprits might have looked for something more valuable such as documents or a lot of money based on specific information.

The bodies were shifted to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem. Blood samples were taken for any analysis required as part of the investigation.

Forensic Experts and sniffer dogs were pressed into service. K. K. Nagar police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of IPC.

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