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42-year-old man murdered at Valasaravakkam

CHENNAI MAY 22. The police are looking to secure a roommate of a 42-year-old man, who was found murdered in the septic tank of a house at Valasaravakkam last evening. The decomposed body of Chinniah Naidu was recovered from the tank, a few days after he was murdered. The incident came to light following complaints from neighbours of Chinnia Naidu on Fourth Street of Om Sakthi Nagar about foul smell emanating from the house.

The house-owner, who had rented out the portion to the deceased and his roommate, went inside the house along with neighbours and found blood stains. They traced the foul smell to the septic tank and on opening it found the body of Chinniah Naidu. The decomposed body was later removed to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem and the body was found to have cut injuries on the stomach and face.

A complaint was lodged at the police station by the Valasaravakkam Village Administrative Officer. The police said they were on the lookout for one Chandru, Chinnaiah Naidu's roommate. Chandru reportedly used to make frequent trips to a European country for business purpose.

Mystery shrouds woman's death

Mystery surrounds the death of a 23-year-old woman at her home in Valasaravakkam yesterday. The police said Arunkumar, a building contractor, went inside the house listening to the cries of his young child and to his shock, he found his wife, Sona, lying unconscious. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was declared dead. A dejected Arunkumar consumed poison and has been admitted to the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital, Porur, in a serious condition.

Crimes rattle residents

A burglary and two chain-snatching incidents in different places of Chengai (East) have left residents in a state of shock. In a daring daylight incident, burglars struck at a house in Sundar Nagar in Defence Colony and made good their escape with 20 sovereigns of jewels and Rs. 11,000 cash this afternoon.

Mohammed Basheer was staying in his house in First Avenue of Sundar Nagar with his daughter. The two had gone to the house of a relative on the next street for lunch on Wednesday. When they returned after a couple of hours, they noticed the front door broken open. The almarah inside the house was found damaged and valuables stolen.

Meanwhile, two incidents of chain-snatching were reported at Pallavaram and Selaiyur yesterday. Jothilakshmi, a resident of Medavakkam had boarded an MTC bus (Route 18N) at Guindy. She lost her five-sovereign chain kept in a bag. The bag was reportedly stolen on board the bus.

At Selaiyur, two motorcycle-borne persons waylaid a couple, who were on their way home and snatched a gold chain from the woman.

Jagannathan (51) was travelling on his two-wheeler with his wife when the two unidentified persons came in the opposite direction and intercepted him. The culprits assaulted his wife and snatched a five-sovereign chain from her and sped away on their two-wheeler. The incident took place near the Omega Cable Company yesterday afternoon.

Not a day passes without incidents of crime being reported in Chengai (East) police district, charge the residents.

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