CHENNAI: A woman has been detained and a hunt launched for her policeman-partner and his three friends for the June 1 murder of a car driver following a verbal duel at KK Nagar.
Inquiries by police revealed that Senthil Kumar, who is attached to the Sembium police station, had kept the body of the slain man, Ravi, in his house for one night. The next morning, along with three friends he burned the body and dumped it off the Chennai-Trichy national highway near Palaiyanur in Chengalpet. The Padalam police, with jurisdiction over Palaiyanur, have registered a case of murder and are questioning Senthil Kumar’s girlfriend Kavitha.
Preliminary inquiries revealed that Ravi and his wife Iswaryah along with their 18-month-old daughter Jessica lived at Vijayaraghavapuram in KK Nagar, adjacent to the house where Senthil Kunmar, who had separated from his wife, resided with Kavitha.
Ravi, who often returned home drunk, and Senthil Kumar often fought over petty issues. On June 1, Iswaryah had gone to work at the hospital where she was a receptionist, while Ravi and Jessica remained at home. A quarrel erupted between Senthil Kumar and Ravi when the policeman’s three friends arrived and the quarrel intensified.
Later, Senthil Kumar hit Ravi on the head with a stick and he died. The next day, as Iswaryah lodged a complaint with the KK Nagar police and searched for her husband, Senthil Kumar and his friends dumped the body in a minivan and proceeded towards Chengalpet.
En route, they bought 1 kg of sugar that they sprinkled over the body and burned it at a spot near Palaiyanur. The sugar was to ensure that the fire could not be extinguished easily and would destroy the body beyond recognition, police said.
The body was recovered on June 2 and police remained clueless until Iswaryah identified it as that of her husband. Police inspector Sathyavani confirmed that the mobile phones of Ravi and Senthil Kumar had been discovered in the area covered by the same mobile tower at Chengalpet before Ravi’s mobile was turned off on June 2.