CHENNAI: Ten days after the body of a 22-year-old man was found near the Thiruvottiyur railway tracks, investigations revealed he was intellectually disabled and had allegedly been killed by his father. Mohammed Hussain was found dead, his throat slit, on June 9. On Tuesday, his father Navazudin was arrested.
The youth’s neighbours had identified him. Hussain’s aunt, too. had seen his photo in posters pasted by the police seeking information.
“She called and informed me. I asked my husband about our son and he told me Hussain had been admitted to a hostel in Coimbatore. Believing him, I stayed quiet. Only after the police informed me did I realise my husband had murdered him,” said the victim’s mother, who did not want to be named. On June 7, she had gone to attend a funeral leaving Hussain in the care of her husband. “Navazudin was alone with Hussain in the house on June 8. At around 2pm, he took him near the railway tracks, hardly 500m away, and slit his throat with a kitchen knife,” said a police source.
The victim’s mother said Hussain had intellectually disabilities since birth. “We could not leave him even for a minute, as he would break things. He had to be constantly watched. His father and I would take care of him. As soon as his father returned from work, he would spend time with Hussain. The incident is unbelievable,” she said, with tears in her eyes. Shocked neighbours said they rarely saw Hussain.Navazudin is a samosa vendor. They has lived in the area for over 10 years. Hussain’s elder sister is married and lives elsewhere.