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Woman along with son held for hubby’s murder

Four persons - a woman, her son and two of his friends - were arrested by the Coimbatore district police for allegedly murdering a man and burning his body on April 3. The victim Damodharan (45) of Dindigul district, husband of the accused woman, was running a tyre retreading unit at Karamadai.

Woman along with son held for hubby’s murder
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Preliminary inquiry revealed that he had been working abroad for a few years and had returned one-and-a-half-years-ago and started the tyre retreading unit. His wife Anuradha had taken a loan of Rs. 10.5 lakh to help him run the business. 

According to the police, the couple were residing in Ram Nagar in Thimmampalayam near Karamadai, along with their son Sathyanarayanan (25), an engineering graduate. Damodharan was assisted by his son in the retreading company. 

Inquiries had revealed that Damodharan was an alcoholic and used to harass his wife and son. It is learnt that Anuradha began to face difficulty in repaying the loan and had asked her husband to help her. He refused and also stopped giving money to run the family. So, the accused conspired to get rid of him. 

According to Karamadai Inspector D. Kannan, on April 3, Damodharan was relaxing at home when Sathyanarayanan and his friend K Siddharth of Thottipalayam, a graphic designer, hit him on the head with iron rods. It is said that Anuradha was also at home when the incident took place. 

“The two youth along with their friend R Ajith (Computer Science student) wrapped the body in a bedspread, took it to a barren land near Madeshwaran Temple and burnt it,” police said. The body was spotted on Tuesday morning and an autopsy revealed that it was a man. “We obtained CCTV footage from a commercial complex on the main road to identify the body. It showed a mini goods carrier carrying a suspicious-looking parcel from the road that led to the victim’s house,” the police further said. 

During inquiry, the accused confessed to having committed the crime. All the four were arrested and remanded on Monday.

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