Chennai: Even before the shock of a woman techie’s murder in an important railway station in the middle of the city could subdue, another gruesome murder had occurred near Royapettah, Chennai.
A 35-year-old man was arrested after he killed his wife and three stepdaughters and lived with the with their decomposing bodies for two days. Chinnaraj was arrested by a special team of Chennai police from near Marina beach service road. The accused stayed with his wife Pandiammal and 3 step daughters in a 200 Sq ft house behind Royapettah police station.
He met Pandiammal (38) four years ago when he was on a trip to Palani, a famous pilgrimage spot. They moved to Chennai along with Pandiammal’s three daughters. Problems began as the house was very small for the girls to stay.
Pandiammal’s daughters Pavithra (19), Parimala (17) and Sneha (15) needed privacy and for this reason Chinnaraj was not allowed to stay inside the house at night.
Police claimed that on the night of June 20, Chinnaraj and Pandiammal had a heated argument over him not being not allowed into his house after sunset. In a fit of rage, he hit her with an iron rod. Pandiammal collapsed and died soon. Chinnaraj later used the same rod to kill his three step daughters who were mortified.
He later kept the bodies in four corners of the house covered with a sheet. Neighbours grew suspicious after stench rose from the decomposing bodies. According to police, when they asked Chinnaraj about the stench, he said that a rat had died and added that he would clean it up soon.
But as the stench became unbearable, Chinnnaraj’s land owner informed the cops, who then broke into his home to find four decomposed bodies. Police said that the eldest daughter wanted to do a paramedical course and the youngest was studying in standard 12. The other daughter was pursuing a course in polytechnic.