A woman allegedly committed suicide in an attempt to stop a gang from kidnapping her husband near Alangayam on Tuesday night. The gang attempted to kidnap the man as he failed to pay the salary for his workers who felled nearly 1,000 kgs of red sanders.
Following this, the 10 workers regularly started frequenting Srinivasan’s house demanding him to settle the pending payment.
On Tuesday night also, about six workers reached Srinivasan’s home in a car and demanded Srinivasan to immediately provide them the pending payment. When Srinivasan was unable to provide the remaining money, they assaulted Srinivasan and attempted to take him away in their car.
On seeing the commotion, Santhapriya (30), wife of Srinivasan immediately intervened and threatened to commit suicide if the men failed to leave her husband. Without paying heed to Santhapriya, when the workers took away Srinivasan, Santhapriya soon consumed poison and collapsed. She was immediately rushed to the Vaniyambadi Government Hospital, where doctors however declared her brought dead.
When Santhapriya’s parents came to know of the turn of events, her father gave a complaint to the Alangayam police. He demanded a detailed investigation into the case as he suspect something amiss in his daughter’s death.
Meanwhile, Srinivasan’s father K Mani (45), a resident of Pinnathurai near Odugathur in Vellore district, also gave a separate complaint demanding action against “the killers of his daughter-in-law”.
The relatives of both the families also blocked the Alangayam-Vaniyambadi road demanding action. Based on the information, the police who rushed to the spot pacified the protesters with the promise of taking swift action.
Based on the two complaints, police arrested three persons identified as Palani, Krishnamurthy and Ilayaraja from near Poonkulam and are investigating.