Robbers Murder Octogenarian, Decamp with 4-sovereign Chain

Published: 22nd July 2014 07:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2014 07:43 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: In yet another incident highlighting how unsafe the city is for senior citizens, an 80-year-old retired teacher was allegedly strangulated by robbers, here on Monday.

Police said that her gold jewellery weighing four sovereign was missing.

Preetha.jpgThe murder came to light after the deceased S Preetha Madhuram’s daughter Shanthana Kumari, also a teacher, returned home in the evening. “Nearly four sovereigns of gold jewellery were missing from the deceased’s person. The robbers had rummaged the cupboards, but could not find anything of value,” said a police officer.

Preetha, a native of Mannargudi, had been staying with her daughter Kumari on Perumal Koil Street at Irumbuliyur ever since her husband died in an accident a few years ago.

Road Accident

A 9-year-old boy was allegedly killed in a road accident near Oragadam on Sunday evening. Police are looking for the persons who hit the child and fled after taking the swooned child to his house.

The child, identified as P Jeeva, was playing in front of his house when he was hit by a vehicle.

“Only Jeeva’s younger brother and sister were in the house when the incident occurred. The children said a few people brought Jeeva home and told them he fell on the road. They immediately left the place,” said a local source.

When Jeeva’s parents Perumal and Jayanthi returned in the evening, they found their child unconscious and rushed him to a nearby hospital.

Doctors told Perumal that Jeeva was already dead. Shocked by this, the family members and relatives staged protests urging police to trace those responsible for the child’s death.

The Oragadam police said they were enquiring about the incident and would be registering an FIR soon.

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