CHENNAI: A 26-year-old engineering graduate was arrested for allegedly murdering her mother, aged 58, following a scuffle in their house in Gurumurthy Nagar, Anakaputhur near Pallavaram on Sunday. B Gayathri first pushed her mother, Vanaja, down and stabbed her with a pair of scissors, police said.
Preliminary investigations indicate that Gayathri was suffering from depression and this could have pushed her to commit the murder.
“After engineering, Gayathri did not land a job of her liking. Also, when she got an offer from Bengaluru, she was supposedly prevented from taking up that offer by her mother,” a police officer said. Gayathri is also said to be under medication for depression and was undergoing treatment at the Institute of Mental Health in Kilpauk.
After the demise of her husband Balasubramaniam, Vanaja took care of her two daughters by working as a tailor. Gayathri is the younger of the two daughters.
Police said that Vanaja and Gayathri used to indulge in verbal duels quite often. After the scuffle on Sunday, Gayathri herself called the 108 ambulance. Hospital authorities informed Shankar Nagar police after Vanaja died. Vanaja’s body was moved to the Chromepet Government Hospital. Other family members have not approached the police with a complaint yet.
Cops arrested Gayathri and produced her before a magistrate. She was remanded in judicial custody.
Boiler Theft Bid
A 10-member gang was arrested on Sunday after a botched up attempt to steal an industrial boiler with a crane from a locked chemical plant near Manali. The gang had hired the crane to lift the steel structure under the cover of darkness.
The boiler was in a private chemical factory at Kosappur near Manali. Remaining shut for more than a decade now, it is a haven for anti-social activities, sources said.
On Saturday night, Madhavaram Milk colony police were alerted about a possible theft of a large boiler from the factory after which a team headed by Inspector Shanmuga Sundaram rounded up the gang.