TAMIL NADU

Two men surrender in murder case

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Two persons surrendered before a Village Administrative Officer in connection with the murder case of a woman at K. Pudur here on Friday. The accused were handed over to the police. They were remanded to judicial custody.

It put an end to the mystery shrouding the murder, after the skeletal remains of a woman were found in an unused storeroom at the office of the Executive Engineer (North), Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB), at K. Pudur on Wednesday.

Briefing presspersons here on Saturday, R. Ramrajan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), said that swift action by the special team investigating the case propelled J. Bose, a contract labourer of TNEB, and V. Saivathurai, a plumber of Madurai Corporation, to surrender.

Their confessions were recorded, he added.

What led to a breakthrough in the case were the earrings and colour of the dress worn by the deceased, with which the police went through the list of woman missing cases registered for the past three years and identified it to be that of 55-year-old C. Mahamayi, a sweeper of TNEB, said Mr. Ramrajan.

Further enquiries with the family members revealed that Mahamayi had lent money to Bose and Saivathurai to the tune of Rs.6 lakh. She used to shout at them when they failed to pay the interest. On that particular day, she caught hold of Bose on the TNEB premises and used abusive language. An irate Bose attacked her fatally with bricks.

Then, Bose, in association with Saivathurai, concealed the body under a shelf in the unused storeroom and covered it using cement slabs, Mr. Ramrajan said.

The Commissioner of Police, M. Chidambarasamy, ordered the formation of a special team under the supervision of S. Kumaravel, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), Anna Nagar.

The team was led by V.R. Kubendran, Inspector, Anna Nagar.

Other members of the team were R. Venkataraman, P. Gnanasekaran, M. Sekar, M. Adhiveerapandian, P. Murali and N. Chinnasamy.

Samples taken from the skeletal remains were sent for DNA test to confirm the identity of the deceased, said Mr. Ramrajan.

Lauding the special team members, he said that he would recommend cash rewards for them.