CHENNAI: A 32-year-old dentist was murdered for gain at her single room clinic in a busy street at West Mogappair in the city, on Wednesday.
According to police, Sangeetha, the victim, was living with her husband Shankar, a software professional, on Karnan Street and had started the clinic only six months ago. As it was close to her house, she used to walk down to the clinic everyday. On Wednesday afternoon, Sangeetha did not turn up for lunch as usual. The family waited till 4 pm thinking that she might have been held up with some patients and sent Shankar’s cousin to check on the dentist.
Finding Sangeetha lying in a pool of blood with injuries in her neck, he alerted his family and rushed her to a private hospital in Anna Nagar where doctors declared her dead on arrival.
A twelve sovereign gold chain was missing from her. The family informed police about the incident around 7 pm and the body was moved to Kilpauk Medical College Hospital for post-mortem.
Preliminary investigations revealed that there was no forced entry into the 8X8 clinic. Injuries in the neck appeared to have been caused while the assailant tried to snatch the chain. The throat was slashed leading to her death.
“There are no other external injuries on the body of the deceased. Someone posing as a patient has walked into the clinic around 3 pm. He must have taken advantage of the dentist being alone and had committed the offence,” said a senior police official.
“We have CCTV footage showing a person walking into the clinic around 3 pm. We have definite clues about the murderer and we will be able to nab him soon,” the official added.