CHENNAI: A day after the 37-year-old housewife of a Techie was found dead at her apartment in Chromepet, police have arrested a distant relative in connection with the murder.
He has been identified as D Arun Kumar (24), a BA graduate. He apparently killed her as she had reportedly lashed out his father for having failed to return the money borrowed from her father-in-law.
J Krishnaveni was found dead at her first floor apartment in Nellayappar Street, Bharatipuram in Chromepet with stab injuries on her neck and abdomen. Her husband Jeya Murugan had alerted a kin to check on his wife after school authorities contacted him as she had failed to pick up the children, police said.
When the relative went to the apartment, Krishnaveni was found dead with cut injuries on her neck and abdomen. Preliminary investigations suggested that there was no forced entry into the house. “A person known to the victim should be behind the murder,” a police officer had said.
Investigations led police to Arun Kumar, who had travelled from his house in Egmore to Chromepet on Tuesday. It also revealed that Arun Kumar’s father Dharmalingam had borrowed a sum of `50,000 from Jeya Murugan’s father. As Dharmalingam failed to repay the money, Krishnaveni, had said harsh things to the former once, police quoted the accused as saying. Irate over this, Arun Kumar visited her home on Tuesday. An argument ensued and in the melee, he assaulted and smothered her with a pillow, initially. “He then took a kitchen knife and stabbed her once in the abdomen and then forced the knife through her neck,” said a police officer.